eCOEmobil: District-wide charging infrastructure in Coesfeld

In rural areas in particular, a number of challenges are hampering the expansion of electromobility. As well as the comparatively long distances that people need to travel every day, they are also more dependent on cars. Whilst the cost of purchasing an electric car and the range they can achieve are dependent on industry, municipalities can particularly drive forward the expansion of the charging infrastructure. The district of Coesfeld is doing really pioneering work in this respect.

eCOEmobil: district-wide EV-charging infrastructure in Coesfeld

Before the project began in the district of Coesfeld in December 2015, there were 25 charging stations for electric cars within a radius of 25 kilometres of the town. Five of these charging points are in company car parks or underground garages and are therefore not accessible or only accessible at certain times. The other charging points are operated by four different providers and have a range of billings systems and prices – meaning that users have to enter into several contracts if they want to use all the charging points. This involves a registration fee in each case and using a certain card in order to use the charging station in question.

Engine for progress:

  • First district to have an extensive standardised charging infrastructure
  • Charging points in central and prominent places provide visibility
  • Important contribution to climate protection

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Photo: GFC

Inauguration of the e-charging point in Nottuln-Darup.

First administrative district with a standardised charging infrastructure

With the project “eCOEmobil – Electromobility for the district of Coesfeld”, an extensive charging infrastructure for electric cars that uses a standardised billing system is being set up for the first time in an administrative district in Germany. The community project is being implemented in collaboration with the eleven towns and villages in the district that are making the locations for the charging facilities available. The charging points themselves are being installed and operated by the Coesfeld Company for the Funding of Renewable Energies (Gesellschaft des Kreises Coesfeld zur Förderung regenerativer Energien mbH (GFC)).

Until now, charging points have been set up at a total of 20 locations under the eCOEmobil project. The new charging infrastructure in the district of Coesfeld is not only standardised within the district itself. The newly-installed charging points are part of the New Motion charging network, which provides users with more than 50,000 charging points across Europe. A particularly interesting aspect of this is the link that is also planned via the project with the billing system in the city of Münster, with which there is a high volume of commuter traffic.

Accessible to the public and centrally located

Only places that are accessible to the public, such as car parks in the centre of towns, were chosen as locations for the charging points, which run on green electricity, the aim being to contribute to the regeneration of town centres. Tourist attractions and railway stations were also equipped with the charging points in order to create a link with public transport. The project started in August 2016 with the installation of the first charging points in the visitors’ car park at the Coesfeld district administration building and at Vischering Castle in Lüdinghausen, which is a well-known tourist spot in the area – today there are already 19 charging points in operation.

Basis for the increase in the use of electric cars

The project creates the basis for making e-cars more practical and more suitable for citizens’ everyday use. It counteracts the key argument against switching to an electric car – that there are too few charging points available.

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“The success and acceptance of electromobility, which is a building block for climate-friendly mobility in the future, depends to a great extent on the availability of an extensive charging infrastructure. The district of Coesfeld sees itself as a pioneer in this respect.

Head of the district authority, Dr Christian Schulze Pellengahr (on the left in the photo)

Partners and sponsors

  • Kreis Coesfeld
  • 11 kreisangehörige Städte und Gemeinden