First site opens in Düren

Right on time for Christmas, the Deutschlandnetz, which is financed by the Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport, is commencing operations. The first of more than 900 locations in the Deutschlandnetz was officially opened today in Düren.

With immediate effect, electric car drivers can charge their electric vehicles at the new Deutschlandnetz charging park in Düren at four high-performance charging points with an output of up to 400 kW per charging point. This makes the facility, which is operated by fast-charging company Fastned, the highest charging capacity site currently operating in Germany. The first Deutschlandnetz charging park is also equipped with a roof and lighting. Catering and sanitary facilities are already being installed. The construction of up to eight further high-performance fast-charging points is planned for the charging park.

Federal Minister Dr. Volker Wissing: “The opening of the first site in the Deutschlandnetz heralds a new phase. It shows that the expansion of a nationwide, needs-based and user-friendly charging infrastructure is making progress. I am very pleased about how quickly the first charging stations are being commissioned after we awarded the contracts for the Deutschlandnetz at the end of September 2023. The Deutschlandnetz will now grow step by step. It will offer users reliable fast-charging options throughout the country – both for everyday trips and longer journeys. I am convinced that the Deutschlandnetz will make the switch to electric mobility even more appealing.”

Johannes Pallasch, Spokesperson for the National Centre for Charging Infrastructure and Head of Division at NOW GmbH: “With the approximately 8,000 high-power fast-charging points in the Deutschlandnetz, we are doubling the current stock in Germany in this power class – and also at many locations in regions where there are currently no fast-charging parks. An important area of focus in the Deutschlandnetz is the user-friendliness and attractiveness of the locations. The tenders have created a competition of ideas, the results of which we can already see today in Düren and in the coming months throughout Germany.”

With the Deutschlandnetz, the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport is closing any remaining “blank spots” on the charging map. It ensures that the nearest fast-charging point can be reached anywhere in Germany in just a few minutes. Consisting of more than 900 locations with around 8,000 high-power charging points, it takes into account both the existing fast-charging infrastructure and the increasing number of electric cars in the coming years. The Federal Ministry of Transport is providing a total of around 1.9 billion euros in funding.

The sites of the Deutschlandnetz will be attractively designed. The selected operators must guarantee a high level of availability of charging facilities. Users will also benefit from a very high charging capacity. Each charging point in the Deutschlandnetz must be technically capable of delivering a maximum charging capacity of at least 300 kW. In addition, each charging point must provide a nominal charging capacity of at least 200 kW.


From left to right: Stefan Leuchten (Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia), Linda Boll (Fastned), Johannes Pallasch (National Center for Charging Infrastructure). Image source: Fastned


Further information:

Maps of the lots and search areas (as at 08.09.2021, in German, PDF)

Photorealistic depiction of a Deutschlandnetzwerk location:
Print quality (300dpi) | Web quality (72dpi)
(Source: National Centre for Charging Infrastructure)