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German electric vehicle charging points almost double to 10,700

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The number of charging points for electric vehicles in Germany has reached 10,700 almost doubling on the year, underlining the up-front efforts by utilities for the mass roll-out of electric vehicles, German utility group BDEW said.

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According to the semi-annual survey, which now also includes operators of parking spaces, over 3,300 new charging points were added so far this year.

Of the total only 530 are so-called fast-charging points (above 22 kW), it said.

"These figures impressively demonstrate that the energy industry is pushing ahead at a rapid pace on this front with a massive up-front effort," BDEW chief Stefan Kapferer said, adding that given the slow adoption rate of electric vehicles it is now up to the automotive industry to bring attractive models onto the market.

The BDEW, which represents some 1,800 utilities across Germany, has called for the next phase to be launched with some 70,000 normal and 7,000 fast charging stations needed by 2020 for a mass roll-out of EVs, according to its calculations.

In March, the federal government launched a Eur300-million ($358-million) support scheme to install a network of 15,000 nationwide charging points for electric vehicles by 2020.

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