The startup Elvah has launched a charging app with a Germany-wide charging flat rate. Elvah advertises that it is the first to offer access to all public charging stations of all providers in Germany.
The startup's promise: since the customer no longer has to search for a charging station and, above all, the matching charging card, electric mobility will "finally be suitable for the masses". Via a "user-friendly app", e-car drivers are supposed to have "convenient access to all public charging stations in Germany" - but these statements cannot yet be verified.
However, this service comes at a price: according to the company's website, the all-inclusive flat rate costs at least 89 euros per month. The rate is staggered depending on the type of vehicle. The basic "XS" rate is available, for example, with a Citroen C-Zero. Vehicles such as a BMW i3 or the MG ZS EV in the "S" rate cost 129 euros per month. The "M" rate for 159 euros covers vehicles such as a Hyundai Kona Elektro 64 kWh, VW ID.3, Tesla Model 3 or Polestar 2. The highest "L" rate of 199 euros per month is called for vehicles such as a Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron quattro 55 or the Porsche Taycan.
One important caveat: The offer only applies to privately used cars. Under "Fair Use," the homepage states, "Use of the fares is further prohibited to the extent that it is used to charge vehicles that serve a trade or are operated for profit, including, but not limited to, use for taxi, ride-sharing, and delivery services, as well as for the purpose of commercial transportation, for public or governmental purposes, or for any other commercial purpose or enterprise."
For users who only occasionally charge publicly and do not want to worry about access to the respective charging station, the offer for Elvah is very expensive. Even private frequent drivers have to calculate whether the flat rate is worth it in view of the high flat rate.