▷ Sign confusion at public charging stations / ADAC study shows: …

27.01.2022 – 09:15


Munich (ots)

Anyone who wants to charge their electric car in public parking spaces not only has to find a free charging station, but also to observe different rules in many places. According to a current ADAC survey in the 16 state capitals, the local regulations show significant differences. The same applies to the signage, which is sometimes unclear and misleading for road users. It is not always clear how long you can actually park and charge. There was only agreement that no city charged fees for parking at the charging station.

Among other things, the parking and charging time regulations at normal and fast charging stations and which vehicles are allowed to park at the charging stations were examined. Parking for electric vehicles of all kinds was only allowed in five of the 16 cities, in the remaining eleven cities you could only park with an E license plate (additional sign “vehicle with plug”). According to the authorities in Erfurt and Schwerin, combustion engines were even allowed to park at some charging stations at least at night – in Erfurt between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. and in Schwerin between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Parking without charging the e-vehicle at the same time was forbidden in five out of 16 cities. There were different time restrictions for this in the other cities. Parking during the charging process was limited at normal charging stations in 14 cities, but not in Düsseldorf and Stuttgart. Different rules sometimes apply to fast-charging stations: in Hamburg, for example, where e-cars can be parked for one hour at fast-charging stations – whether with or without charging – and two hours at normal charging stations. In Munich, you could park at normal charging stations for a maximum of 4 hours during the day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and at night without a time limit, at fast chargers for a maximum of one hour continuously while charging.

The additional signage for the blue P sign is not always effective. With the additional sign “vehicle with plug”, only cars with an E-plate may park, but do not necessarily have to charge. With so-called additional verbal signs such as “During the charging process”, it remains unclear what is understood as the charging process and whether current must always flow. The question is what applies if the battery is fully charged but the parking process is still ongoing. In view of the increasing need for charging stations, these regulations should be formulated unambiguously and the signs should be clearly understandable in order to be understood and accepted by all road users. The charging period should be limited and charging should be allowed for all e-cars, including those without an e-license plate.

In this study, the responsible road traffic authorities in the 16 state capitals were surveyed in June 2021. The data collected was verified in November 2021.

The detailed results can be found below www.adac.de/ladestationen.

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