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The market introduction of electromobility is interlinked with the the building of the related vehicle charging infrastructure. Therefore many vehicle projects also build the respective infrastructure. Within the "Electric Mobility in Pilot Regions" program funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development nearly 2,000 charging stations and charging points have been realized at the end of 2011.

In terms of infrastructure, efforts have to be put into the development of appropriate ways of charging and grid integration of EVs, with advanced energy transmission systems and renewable energy sources in mind. Both financial and non-financial incentives will help to overcome the total cost of ownership gap, by helping the public to become familiar with new mobility concepts and making EVs a more attractive purchase.

Germany's major utilities are working with German automakers to develop charging infrastructure along with the market introduction of plug-in electric vehicles.

Figures for charging points implemented during 2009-2011 around Germany as a result of projects in the model regions
and other national technology projects. (Source: DLR)