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Germany to Revolutionize E-Car Industry By Creating Charging Stations Out Of A Common Item

German-based telecommunications company Telekom plans to double the country’s current car charging capabilities. The company plans to open 12,000 more electric car charging stations by converting their network’s existing distribution boxes.

Sustainability Through Reuse

As originally reported in the industry publication Automobilwoche, Telekom’s initiative includes 500 100-kW fast-charging stations. The remaining stations will be used as level 2 charge points capable of a 22 kW charge rate. The innovative telecommunications company currently has two working prototypes and plans to begin deploying them this summer. Through reusing the network’s existing infrastructure, the plan will cost less than building new stations would and could reportedly be completed by 2020. While countries such as London and Norway already have programs in place that use existing street lamps and block heaters to charge electric cars, the scalability of Telekom’s plan is quite impressive.

Telekom’s plan addresses some of the challenges seen in most urban settings. Finding a parking spot in a densely-populated area can be nearly impossible, let alone finding a charging station. In addition, the time it takes to charge an electric vehicle can often deter their use.

Changing The Tide

By incorporating more charging stations into its urban settings through existing distribution boxes, Germany may begin to see more people choosing electric vehicles. On top of that, a fast-charging station can charge the electric cars up to 80 percent in half an hour.

Germany’s increased charging outlets will give the country the necessary boost it needs to catch up to the countries which are leading in electric vehicle usage.

Leading The Charge

Other countries, such as Norway, which has the highest per capita number of all-electric cars in the world, have already made great strides toward sustainability through their incentive programs which include priority parking and toll-free travel. In China, there are more than 600,000 electric vehicles and in the United States, 400,000 people had paid to be on the waiting list for Tesla’s newest electric model.

As developed nations become increasingly urbanized and less dependent on fossil fuels, more innovation in electric car making will help ease the transition into a new, cleaner future.

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