Fragmented electric vehicle charging networks hit users

June 15, 2020 //By Nick Flaherty
There are over 27,000 electric vehicle charging points in Germany with 288 different tariffs. Several companies are looking at ways to address the fragmentation.
There are over 27,000 electric vehicle charging points in Germany with 288 different tariffs. Several companies are looking at ways to address the fragmentation, learning from the mobile phone networks.

Electric vehicle charging networks with many different tariffs and ways to pay are slowing the rollout of the technology, says Bosch.

On top of that, the prices at charge spots can vary widely, and users are exasperated by opaque car-electricity prices and a slew of different payment methods says the company. Several other companies, including are looking at ways to simplify and combine these networks. This

The problem is particularly acute in Europe, with different electric vehicle charging network operators in different countries. The German energy association BDEW estimates there were 27,730 public and semi-public charge spots across Germany at 27,730 at the end of March 2020. While that seems a great number for electric car drivers, there are nearly 200 different recharging access cards from providers and operators that frequently only work at certain charge spots. There are also 288 different tariffs, making the payment a nightmare.

This is why Australian firm Tritium used its Amsterdam research centre to test out a cardless embedded encryption technology for the systems its suppliers to operators such as Pod Point

"We placed our innovation centre strategically in Amsterdam and at the epicentre of Europe's automotive manufacturing sector," said James Kennedy, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Tritium. "That investment has paid off, and directly led to the rapid development of the technology. It's a major reason why we're first to the market with a secure and advanced charger technology once again."

Citroen owner PSA has also had to team up with multiple network operators across Europe for charging services, with providers including Pod Point, EVBox, Enel X, and Juice Technology as well as inno2grid in Germany and ZEBorune in France.

Yet Bosch is adding to this, with rolling out its own app-based charging network, although with a simpler payment structure, for private and business customers. Users of


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