Europe’s largest EV-sharing hub has opened at Hamburg Airport. Moreover, vehicles with the additional E for “electric” on their license plates will from now on only be allowed to park in front of charging points in the city, if the car is actually charging.
Hamburg’s public transport operator HVV has opened the 100th of its so-called “Switch Points,” where users can change to public transport or sharing offers. At the city’s airport, users can now switch to car-sharing vehicles from Sixt Share, Miles former We-Share cars) and Share Now.
One hundred twenty parking spaces near the airport terminals are reserved for the shared cars. And all spots are equipped with charging points, including 100 wall box charging stations (AC) with 22 kW and 20 DC charging points with a charging capacity of 75 kW.
The large site at Hamburg Airport was implemented so that guests can use EVs from the above-mentioned car-sharing providers when arriving at and departing from the airport. That way, travellers can leave their car (with a combustion engine) at home.
With the new site at Hamburg airport, the HVV Switch system now has 200 charging points distributed across 16 locations. In addition, charging infrastructure will be added at as many as 20 more locations by the end of 2023.
With HVV Switch, Hochbahn and the city want to successively expand public transportation with “smart, demand-based services,” such as sharing and on-demand offerings. The core of the offering is an app that users can use to view and book all relevant mobility services in the city.
Moreover, the city is clamping down on EV drivers using parking spots at charge points as a convenient location to leave their cars. EVs will only be allowed to park there if they are plugged in and actually charging. The city is gradually adding a sign reading “während des Ladevorganges” (“while charging”) for parking spaces in front of municipal charging points.
Previously, the signage regulated that only cars with the additional E on their license plates were allowed to park there – but charging was not mandatory. Also new: when charging, EVs can stay plugged in at a public AC charger for up to three hours in Hamburg. Charging was previously limited to two hours.