Cartel office launches examination: rip-off of the E-car charging station?

Without a range of Apps, charge cards, plastic and digital money, can find the travel with the electric car came to an abrupt end. Because virtually every provi

Cartel office launches examination: rip-off of the E-car charging station?

Without a range of Apps, charge cards, plastic and digital money, can find the travel with the electric car came to an abrupt end. Because virtually every provider of the charging stations in the boiling soup of his own Settlement, and many of you also like to from. Huge price differences are not uncommon. "In Germany's electricity-charging stations rip off and Chaos will reign. Competition is none,“ says Ralph Kampwirth from the green electricity provider Lichtblick.

Helmut Bünder

economic correspondent in Düsseldorf.

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the monopolies Commission, criticized the lack of competition. The charging current is unnecessarily expensive, the electric mobility policy, criticised the government's Advisor in a special report. In most regions, a single large operator dominates the market. Especially in the case of the fast charging stations, such Monopolies dominate, according to the Commission. And because you can pretty much unlock and exercise, there is a growing resentment. "The market is, of course, still in the making. But we have complaints about the prices and conditions at the charging stations already increased,“ says Andreas Mundt, the President of the Federal cartel office.

On Thursday, the Bonn competition authorities have therefore launched a so-called "sector inquiry", to take the ratios of the power tank under the magnifying glass. Such analyses are the first step, if there is no evidence that competition works. That would be the case, it could complicate the transition to climate-friendly vehicles. Environmental premiums, and less tax on the purchase of electric vehicles are not very convincing, if the thickness of the end comes when Refueling. "The construction of a nationwide charging infrastructure is a prerequisite for the success of electric mobility in Germany. For the decision of consumers to electric mobility switch, the conditions and prices for the Shop in the public space are of Central importance,“ says Mundt.

Federal network Agency has no hand

the first initiative has recently made the network Agency: she wants to move regional power utility companies to own stations, the charging rates of their competitors offer. Charging station operator would then get by the competitors for a "reasonable fee", as it is said in a consultation paper. What sounds good, has a drawback: The operators must play freely. "We provide the technical requirements, where providers enable a voluntary choice of the supplier. The Federal network Agency legally have to oblige operators of the charging stations in the competition,“ said a spokesman.

Updated Date: 09 July 2020, 14:19

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