Allocative significance of coverage effects frequently gets neglected in the debate on public charging infrastructure (CI)

  • A »guarantee« for electric vehicle users of available public CI has the potential to considerably reduce transaction costs
  • Public CI can reduce costs of electric vehicles
  • Public CI can consequently have an effect analogous to monetary incentives

Semi-public CI can be an effective partial substitute for public CI

  • Efficient development without state incentives/requirements questionable
  • Semi-public CI can significantly reduce transaction costs
  • Requirements relating to the development of semi-public CI will, from a systems perspective, also be accompanied by inefficiencies

Central funding instruments can/ought to be worthwhile and should be linked to requirements relating to (marketing and other) standards

  • Against the backdrop of public CI’s option benefit, centrally established development incentives for local authorities/operators working in their areas ought to make sense
  • With a view to limiting transaction costs (especially in sales), linking with requirements in relation to marketing and other standards should be considered

During the R & D stage, the public authorities should keep structural options open and generate knowledge

  • Due to still high levels of uncertainty/more advantageous technologies and concepts, lock-in effects should be avoided
  • The process of reaching decisions on establishing standardisation/regulation rules and subsidy/incentive rules in a few years time should be prepared now

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