Electromobility is growing rapidly in Germany. A key issue is the expansion of the charging network. To test its suitability for everyday use, multiple long-distance record-breaking driver Rainer Zietlow completed a marathon tour across Germany. Together with co-driver Dominic Brüner, Zietlow drove to a total of 652 fast-charging stations between Oberstdorf and Sylt in the all-electric ID.3 between the end of September and the beginning of December, analyzing the long-distance suitability of the new Volkswagen , the We Charge digital charging service and the infrastructure of a total of 69 charging station operators nationwide. Around half of the stations visited were located along the autobahn, while a further quarter were in cities or rural regions. Zietlow's conclusion: E-mobility already works – but there is still room for improvement.
"The German charging network is good oerall and surprisingly close-knit; you can already get to the remotest corners of the country with an e-car - and back again."
Also pleasing from the tester's point of view: the Volkswagen We Charge app displayed free charging stations just as reliably in real time as the brand's We Charge charging card was accepted almost without exception. There were also no problems with the common plug types CCS and Type2 at any charging station. And - with a few exceptions - Zietlow and co-driver Brüner did not encounter any serious obstacles during the charging process either.