“Half of the electric drivers who have purchased an all-inclusive subscription are dissatisfied with the public charging infrastructure” says the Electric Vehicle Association FDEL after a member survey in 2021.
The survey shows that electric drivers only think to a limited extent that all public charging stations are relevant for charging their electric car. Many electric drivers in Denmark have an all-inclusive subscription with charging box at home and charging on the go in one total price. Consumers therefore often do not benefit from the charging stations that are set up in public spaces, because they only focus on the charging network that supplies their home charging.
In fact, 87% of electric drivers who have an all-inclusive subscription choose a charging station because it is included in their subscription. They are thus far less likely to choose a public charging station based on price and location, which creates poor utilization of the charging infrastructure. It is a waste of resources when charging stations are set up – often with public support – which are then not used to their optimum extent.
The electric car association FDEL writes in another article that precisely the challenge with electric car drivers’ subscriptions, which mix outdoor and home charging together, means that the electric car driver is less inclined to look for other chargers when there is a queue for chargers in public. The electric motorist only resorts to choosing another charging operator in a few cases, and therefore there is a long waiting time at some chargers, while other chargers are not used. Precisely this results in poor utilization of the charging infrastructure, just as the long queues at the charging stations discourage some from switching to an electric car. It is really a question of a tie-up of the electric motorists; this benefits no one apart from the charging operators.