BDEW to Issue Identification Numbers for Electric Cars for Easy Use of Charging Stations

The Federal Association of the Energy and Water Industry (BDEW) has agreed to act for a three year period as the issuing office for identification numbers for electric cars that shall allow drivers easy access to (preferably) all charging stations accessible to the public.

The identification numbers shall allow roaming so that drivers of electric cars cannot only use the charging stations of a supplier they have a contract with, but all stations that are publicly accessible. The ID code is needed for IT driven processes like activating the charging station, metering and billing. The identification number system that was developed as part of the technology programme for electromobility (“IKT für Elektromobilität II“) sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) complies with data protection regulations, BMWi pointed out.

The development of charging stations was keeping up pace with the registration of electric cars, BDEW said. According to BDEW data 7,497 electric cars were registered at the end of 2012 and 3,819 charging stations were available in 580 towns and municipalities. The figures, however, show that Germany is still a far cry from its target to have 1 million electric cars on the roads by 2020, a target recently confirmed by the government (please see related posts).

BDEW pointed out that it would issue identification numbers for Germany, saying it was important that in the coming years a consensus was reached in Europe to allow charging electric cars in other countries.

Source: BDEW

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