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Electricity prices are rising: charging station providers are making an impact

Energy prices are constantly increasing. This also applies to e-car charging stations. After Tesla and Shell Recharge, EnBW is now also turning the price screw.

Presumably the message "XYZ is getting more expensive" will soon provoke no more than a weak shrug of the shoulders. Life has been too inflationary in recent weeks and months, with increased costs for numerous goods. First and foremost is energy, and electric car drivers have long felt this. The days of less than 40 cents per kWh are history – at least for the time being. ,

EnBW Hyper-Netz

The electricity supplier EnBW was able to keep its electricity tariffs at electric car charging stations at a constant and relatively cheap level for a long time. Since the beginning of July 2021, the prices for comparatively slow alternating current (AC) charges have been a maximum of 45 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh); a maximum of 55 cents was due for direct current (DC) fast charging. But those times are over. Anyone who charges their electric car from January 17, 2023 with the operator of the largest fast charging networks in Germany and Austria pays up to 65 cents per kWh - regardless of whether the Stromer recharges with AC or DC electricity. On average, the kWh prices at EnBW will increase by 27 percent.

At the same time, the company from Karlsruhe is introducing new charging tariffs. The previously two-tier price model (standard and frequent loaders) is now divided into three. The most expensive is the kWh in the S tariff, which EnBW provides for customers who charge up to three times a month at one of the more than 300,000 charging points of the supplier or its partners. With the charging tariff M for users who charge at an EnBW station between four and six times a month, the individual kWh is somewhat cheaper, but there is a monthly basic fee of 5.99 euros. In the L tariff, this is even 17.99 euros; the kWh price at an EnBW charging point drops to 39 cents.

Tesla Supercharger

In the past few months, Tesla has adjusted the prices of the superchargers, which can be used free of charge at the very beginning, much more often than EnBW. In October 2020, a kWh cost only 33 cents, in August 2021 Tesla customers still paid 37 cents. In several stages, it then went up to May 2022 to an average of 56 to 58 cents. In October and November, Tesla even called up 74 to 88 cents at some of its fast charging points. Since then, charging prices are said to have fallen again. Media and forum posts show that the electricity price has leveled off at an average of 50 to 55 cents per kWh since November 23, 2022.

It should be noted that - unlike the other charging current providers - there is no universal supercharger price. Tariffs vary by location and time. The most expensive is the so-called “One Peak Rate” between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., because experience has shown that the rush to Tesla’s fast chargers is greatest then.Since October, there has also been a night rate valid between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. at several locations, which is significantly cheaper. Another variable is non-brand users: Anyone charging another electric car with a supercharger generally pays higher prices than Tesla drivers.


In quick succession, Allego adjusted its prices for AC and DC stores in September and October 2022. The provider now charges 60 cents per kilowatt hour for the AC variant with a charging capacity of up to 22 kW; a few weeks earlier, the price had already risen from 43 to 47 cents. Since October, you have been paying 75 cents per kWh for the faster direct current charging process (DC with up to 50 kW); a few weeks earlier, the price rose from 65 to 70 cents. If the charging point has more than 50 kW of power, 85 cents per kWh are now due for direct current fast charging; in September it was ten cents less.

Shell Recharge

Anyone who wants to charge their car at the fixed-price fast charging stations from Shell Recharge has had to shell out 64 instead of 59 cents per kWh since September 28, 2022. With roaming partners, the price even climbs to 74 cents. Anyone who uses the Ionity columns with a Shell contract, on the other hand, will still be asked to pay 81 cents per kWh plus a 35 cent transaction fee per charging process. Other changes in the tariff structure affect normal charging. The minute tariffs do not apply here; instead, a fixed 49 cents are due per kWh (previously 46 cents). The company is also introducing a blocking fee of ten cents per minute, which is charged from a loading time of four hours. These extra costs are capped at a maximum of twelve euros. In addition, they initially only occur in the roaming network and not at the Shell charging points themselves.


The joint charging network consortium of many car manufacturers (including the VW group brands, BMW, Mercedes, Ford as well as Hyundai and Kia) once competed with competitive prices. In the beginning, a charge always cost eight euros – no matter how much energy was refilled. That changed at the end of January 2020: With a price of 79 cents per kWh (regular tariff without customer loyalty), Ionity became the most expensive provider in one fell swoop. This tariff is still valid and is now being put into perspective by the price increases of the competitors. In comparison, Ionity columns are very cheap for customers with a Passport tariff: According to the company website, a kWh costs them only 35 cents. However, they must be committed to the provider for at least one year and pay a monthly basic fee of 17.99 euros.

In our photo show at the top of the article you can find out which supermarkets and retail chains currently have charging points available or where additional infrastructure is planned. You can find out where you can currently download for free HERE .,


The situation in Ukraine and the resulting disrupted relationships with the previously preferred energy supplier Russia have been causing energy costs in Germany to rise since mid-2022. This has long since had an impact on the operators of electric car charging stations, who have almost all increased their prices in recent weeks and months – and mostly significantly. Since then, the tariff jungle has become more opaque: while the first providers are already getting cheaper again (Tesla), others are massively increasing their prices (EnBW).


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