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7 THE CENTERS Electric car charging station in Billstedt via their energy bill from their respective supplier. All customers are billed at their existing residential electricity rate. Charging a vehicle at a non-discriminating charging station therefore does not cost more than charging it at home. Aside from the charging station concept, cooperation with related infrastructure in urban areas is a key requirement for providing comprehensive coverage for electric vehicles. The DeutscheEuroshop centers are a key focus of urban life, which bring together people from the surrounding area and thus gener- ate a high level of customer traffic. Creating prominent and well designed charging facilities in the centers' car parks in the man- ner outlined above could not only further the integration of electric mobility into the lives of its users, but also into that of the public in general. The operation of public parking spaces is an important source of revenue for towns and communities. Taking away attractive and frequently-used parking spaces to provide for electric mobility is difficult for many local authorities. With the time it takes to charge an electric vehicle often exceeding the usual maximum parking limits in most larger cities, it could also cause problems in the monitoring of stationary traffic. The use of private, easily accessible areas such as shopping center car parks for the pur- pose of charging electric vehicles thus eases the burden on local authorities in more than one way. However, those benefitting the most from the nationwide devel- opment of charging facilities in multi-storey car parks will be the owners of electric vehicles. By using non-discriminating charging facilities, they will no longer face unpleasant surprises caused by varying rates as they can charge their cars at their residen- tial energy rate while doing their shopping. This innovative billing method also reduces the need for settling payment transactions in small change. Moreover, a large number of charging stations in highly-frequented locations increases the range of electric vehi- cles as they can be charged regularly. This makes them more suitable for daily use. Larger communities in particular will only be able to find a long-term solution to the problems caused by pollution and the exceeding of regulatory emission limits by radically chang- ing their transport policies. Electric mobility can be part of the solution to these social and ecological problems. This project places non-discriminating charging stations at attractive loca- tions such as the Billstedt-Center Hamburg and possibly other DeutscheEuroshop centers in the future and will thus make a valuable contribution to promoting electric mobility as an attrac- tive solution without the need for subsidies or public money. ELECTRICCAR CHARGING STATION { 65 }