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Electromobility in Hamburg

Hamburg ranks first in the area of ​​infrastructure for charging stations. Time for us from green car magazine to take a short break in Hamburg with the Renault Zoe and take a personal look at the infrastructure. At the moment there are also some new projects and new project ideas. For example, the federal model project ZUKUNFT.DE was officially launched by Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer.

Electric transporter for the city

The idea of ​​using electric vans in urban areas has already been implemented across Germany by DHL. The key project in inner-city parcel delivery is now about the so-called “last mile”, that is, building the charging infrastructure for the e-vans in company distribution centers and depots, as well as extensive scientific monitoring.

According to the company, the goal is “delivery traffic customer-friendly, sustainable, flexible and transparent. With zero emissions ”(in short: ZUKUNFT.DE). This is the credo of the total of eleven project partners and another five associated partners who will cooperate closely in this large joint project until the end of 2020.
The cooperation partners are four leading companies in the courier / express and parcel industry: DPD Germany, GLS Germany, Hermes Germany and UPS United Parcel Service Germany. The project is being implemented on the vehicle side with Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG and on the energy side with Stromnetz Hamburg GmbH and EnBW AG (associated) and goes well beyond the mere procurement of vehicles and charging infrastructure. The main focus areas include, for example, the conceptual preparation of the depot locations for the use of e-vans, the development of energy concepts and the resulting realignment of operational processes.
Scientific support is provided by the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering and Organization IAO and the Kühne Logistics University. The coordination is carried out by the Hamburg project control center hySOLUTIONS GmbH (project management) and the two associated partners e-mobil BW and the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Regional Development.

charging infrastructure

“With 834 public charging points, Hamburg continues to hold first place in the city ranking of the BDEW charging station register. Berlin follows in second place with 1 charging points. However, Munich is in the fast lane: over 779 charging points have been added in the last six months alone. The Bavarian capital now has a total of 2 charging points. Stuttgart (300 LP), Düsseldorf (696 LP) and Leipzig (382 LP) follow at a clear distance. In a comparison of the federal states, Bavaria (211 LP) is still clearly ahead. It is followed by North Rhine-Westphalia (168 LP), Baden-Württemberg (3.618 LP), Hesse (2.739 LP) and Lower Saxony (2.525 LP).” (Source: 1.413/1.320/21.01.2019)

Publicly accessible charging points July 2018 / Hamburg sources Bundesamt

The generous expansion of the charging infrastructure through the Hamburg electricity network is a major plus point in making the Hanseatic city interesting for tourists with electric cars. In the inner city there is an easily accessible infrastructure with public fast charging stations. As part of our practical test, we made practical use of the charging points at the main train station and in Altona.

To use the infrastructure, you can use different providers for billing or pay directly via the app. Information on this can always be found directly at the respective charging station. From our point of view, it is always advisable to take a look in advance at the occupancy of the charging station intended for use.

The master plan for electromobility has already been implemented in recent years - click here.


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