Why would I write a post about a power plug? Perhaps in some years this may be so common that we do not know when the first appeared ;-) And here is my reference point for Essen, Germany.
There is a German news article about these chargeing points - there are 22 in Essen and they started sometime back in Berlin (where they plan to have 500 by the end of the year).
It looks very much like an ordinary power plug and I have not figured out how it really works - e.g. How to pay? How to reserve that parking in front of it? How to make sure that nobody unplugs may car and used my energy to drive a huge stereo? We will probably see how it works over the next months. I will add a new post when I actually see a car recharging there.
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