EnBW is market leader in the field of e-mobility in Germany. As a charging infrastructure operator, we build and operate our fast-charging infrastructure throughout Germany. With our digital charging solutions, we give drivers of electric vehicles easy and convenient access to extensive charging facilities in nine European countries. As an e-mobility partner, we help local authorities and companies to set up and use sustainable mobility concepts.
We cover all aspects of a functioning charging infrastructure for electric cars. This includes the selection of suitable locations, the planning and construction of the charging stations, operation, maintenance, and servicing tasks, digital access solutions for customers – including service hotline and billing – and 100% green electricity for the car battery. In short, all value creation stages are integrated at EnBW.
An extensive and dense network of fast-charging stations on major highways, in cities and in retail settings is needed to develop e-mobility in Germany. We already operate the biggest fast-charging network in the country and are continuing to expand it at a rapid pace. The focus here is on high-power charging (HPC) with charging capacity of up to 300 kilowatts (kW). Depending on the car, this allows drivers to charge their cars with enough electricity for a range of 100 km in just five minutes. We want to operate 2,500 fast-charging stations throughout Germany by 2025. That represents more locations than there are filling stations among the major oil companies. To this end, we are investing around 100 million euros annually until the middle of the decade.
We are equally committed to expanding the charging infrastructure in other countries – with the joint venture SMATRICS EnBW, we are also operating the biggest public fast-charging network in Austria and work is ongoing to expand it.
Our flagship charging parks – the so-called HyperHubs, like the one on the A8 in Rutesheim near Stuttgart – are already providing an idea of how the future of e-vehicle charging will look. This HyperHub is equipped with all standard connections and enables ultra-fast charging with an output of up to 300 kilowatts. Its solar roof provides protection from the weather, while also supplying the charging park with solar energy generated on-site. In addition, it offers the drivers of e-cars access to public Wi-Fi and a secure environment with lighting and video surveillance. In 2021, besides opening further HyperHubs, EnBW will also commission Europe’s biggest public fast-charging park with 52 charging points at the Kamener Kreuz interchange in North-Rhine Westphalia.
Big plans call for joint efforts. As such, when building and expanding the charging infrastructure, we cooperate closely with partners in various industries, on whose premises we provide HPC charging points. We work with operators of motorway service stations, for example, as well as filling stations and various partners in the retail and commercial real estate sectors.
With the EnBW HyperNetwork, we give our customers access to the biggest charging network in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as well as extensive charging options in Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden with more than 300,000 charging points in total. They can charge their vehicles anywhere here on the transparent EnBW mobility+ tariffs that apply across the board at all connected charging points – regardless of the charging point operator and regardless of the country. With the free EnBW mobility+ app or charging card, they can find available charging points in their area, start and pay for charging in a convenient and contactless process and keep an eye on all costs at all times.
The EnBW mobility+ concept for drivers of electric vehicles has come out on top in various tests to find the best e-mobility provider in Germany, best e-mobility app or biggest charging network in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
A powerful electricity grid is needed to cope with the growing number of electric vehicles and charging stations. That is in the hands of our subsidiary Netze BW, which is upgrading and expanding the distribution grids for e-mobility. It is also conducting various field tests to establish how e-mobility can be integrated into the grid with innovative, digital solutions.