The first results of our survey
As part of our co-innovation format citizen mobility, we conducted a survey to investigate the potentials but also the challenges of electric mobility in German cities. In doings so it has been important for us to include current and future e-car users. How attractive is the purchase of an electric car for citizens? How can we improve the charging infrastructure for electric cars in the city?
Almost 600 citizens from Germany were surveyed. Of these, 32% own an electric vehicle, 19% a plug-in hybrid and 41% a combustion engine. 8% of the respondents do not own a car.
The main obstacle to switch to an electric vehicle is the poor charging infrastructure. Thus, 72% of the participants shy away from purchasing an e-car because of the lack of a private charging option. 80% cited the insufficient availability of public charging infrastructure as a reason. The good news: 81% of non-E-car drivers in urban areas can imagine switching to an electric vehicle, provided that the public charging infrastructure improves.
Also we found it exciting that non-e-car drivers generally rate the availability of public charging infrastructure worse than actual e-car drivers.
Among existing e-car users, there is a need to charge the e-car at short notice. 73% would like to be able to reserve a charging point in case of urgent need. However, at present the queues at the charging stations are not long. 49.5% have never queued, 33% only 1 to 2 times. Fast charging stations in city centres are particularly important to electric vehicle users in terms of the spread of e-mobility. It is also interesting to note that many e-car users (72%) are very interested in exchanging experiences with other e-car users.
Qualitative interviews with users show that experiences with electric vehicles are consistently positive. E-mobility in Munich definitely works. However, one frequently mentioned challenge is that e-charging spaces are blocked by long-term parkers and permanent chargers.
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