- “Here’s a chance”
- “So far there has been little competition in Germany between managed motorway rest areas”
There is harsh criticism of the tendering formalities for the “Germany network”, specifically the locations along the motorways and here in particular the unmanaged rest areas of the federal government, where – if at all – usually only a toilet house and otherwise no upgrading infrastructure is available.
Charging station operators who have applied for some of these 200 unserviced rest areas as part of the tender process are now faced with a dilemma: they would like to upgrade these locations with shops, restaurants and other amenities so that e-drivers can stay there during the charging process and be able to eat something. The companies would carry out the construction at their own expense. The problem: you can’t.
The Autobahn GmbH, which carries out the tender for the federal government, explicitly excludes the management of these rest areas, as reported by the Handelsblatt. The bizarre thing about it: completely opposite conditions apply at the other charging stations in the German network away from the motorways. There, the location design is an award advantage and a decisive selection criterion: companies even have to design concepts for the rural locations away from the trunk roads, how they want to provide toilets, restaurants or shops at their own expense.
“Here’s a chance”
Ulf Schulte, the Germany chief of the charging pillar operator Allego, says that “second class loading places” arise. “Here’s the chance to properly enhance the latching systems and create residence quality.”The ADAC also says that the unexamed ragstays need to be more attractive. The automotive club ranks more than any fifth such plant after tests of recent years as “poor” or even “very poor”.
It looks very different with the nationwide about 400 farmed locking systems, where the company Tank & Rast holds a good 90 percent of all concessions. For the most part, charging infrastructure for electric cars is already built and in operation, there are toilets, shops and mostly restaurants or restaurants. Cafes. When asked by the Handelsblatt, Tank & Rast emphasized that “there is a good reason for the legislator to make a fundamental, systematic distinction between managed and unmanaged rest areas”, which should be weighted appropriately.
And the Autobahn GmbH lets it be known that the attractiveness of the location “is not the only decisive point”. More important are “increasing road safety, a quick fulfillment of the needs of the ‘master plan for charging infrastructure’ and the growing range of e-mobility.”
“So far there has been little competition in Germany between managed motorway rest areas”
Two groups are thus left in the dark: companies that have applied for the unmanaged rest areas are given comparatively unattractive locations with little quality of life and are also deprived of additional possible sources of income. And e-drivers will be reluctant to drive to these locations in the future. You can even stay at fast-charging stations for up to 40 minutes. How nice it would be to get something to eat or drink in the immediate vicinity. But in this case: unfortunately not.
A grievance that the government advisor to the Monopolies Commission has also recognized and criticized. Chairman Jurgen Kuhling recommends that the federal government reconsider awarding further management concessions to new operators. “Up to now there has been little competition in Germany between managed motorway rest areas,” he says.
In the on the 20th. In the tender launched on December 11, the construction and operation of a total of 200 new fast-charging locations will be awarded in six nationwide lots, each with 32 to 34 locations. As part of the six lots, 140 to 166 new high-performance fast charging points will be created at unattended rest areas along the federal motorways. Interested companies can apply until April 25.01.Submit applications to participate in 2022.
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