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Comfort Charge: expanding the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles

Since the fall of 2018, we have been working with our subsidiary Comfort Charge to expand our German network of charging stations for electric vehicles: We are upgrading parts of the existing telecommunications infrastructure into charging stations. To do this, we are using the power supply from our street cabinets which is needed for our fixed line and internet connections. The gray boxes at the side of the road, which house a separate power supply and digital measuring point from the broadband expansion, can be upgraded to include charging points relatively easily This sustainable use of existing infrastructure will help avoid additional structures in the cityscape and enable rapid implementation. Each charging station can supply two vehicles with 11 kW each through type-2 charging plugs. These “destination charging points” will supply enough power in one hour for a range of 50-75 kilometers – depending on the vehicle type. While the first destination charging points will be set up in selected cities in 2019, we have been at work since the fall setting up a nationwide rapid charging network at network nodes with charging capacities of more than 100 kW which is already fit for the next generations of vehicle batteries. The electricity for our charging network comes from renewable energy sources.

Our charging points in Germany have a uniform price per minute, although rapid charging costs around a third more than regular charging due to higher set-up costs.

Comfort Charge: expanding the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles