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Berlin / Hamburg (dpa) - With the expansion of the charging network for electric cars, Hamburg has made slower progress than all other federal states in the past 14 months.

From December 2019 to February 2021, the number of charging points in the Hanseatic city rose from 1,070 to 1,226, announced the energy association BDEW.

That was an increase of almost 15 percent.

The network in Bremen was expanded most strongly with an increase of around 134 percent from 120 to 281 charging points.

It should be noted, however, that Hamburg started expansion early on, so that other federal states now have some catching up to do.

When comparing cities, Berlin has the greatest density of charging stations for electric cars.

There are 1694 public charging points in the federal capital, an increase of almost 74 percent compared to December 2019. According to BDEW, there are also more than 1000 public charging points in Munich (1310).

Throughout Germany, drivers of e-cars can now tap electricity at around 40,000 publicly accessible charging points.

That is around 16,000 or 66 percent more than in December 2019.

In absolute numbers, Bavaria is still in first place among the federal states with 8,325 charging points, according to the BDEW.

In second place are Baden-Württemberg with 7047 charging points and North Rhine-Westphalia (6164).

There are few charging points in Saarland (278).

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"The expansion of the public charging infrastructure continues to pick up speed," said BDEW managing director Kerstin Andreae.

Thanks to the KfW funding program for wallboxes, the expansion of private charging points is currently going through the roof.

"We are thus building a charging infrastructure that is geared towards the needs of e-mobilists, because more than 80 percent of all charging processes take place at home or at work," emphasized Andreae.

At the same time, she urged operators to plan security.

"Constant new specifications for technical, but not necessary retrofits - as currently discussed in the charging station ordinance - make the operation of the charging station uneconomical."

In addition, areas for charging stations would have to be made available quickly, approval procedures would have to be simplified and funding programs would have to be reduced in bureaucracy.

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