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With the new funding programme “Ladeinfrastruktur vor Ort” the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is accelerating the development of charging stations with 300 million €. Applications for funding can be submitted from 12 April 2021 until the end of the year. Up to 80% of the investment costs will be covered by the funding and approved on a “first come, first served” basis.

The new funding programme complements Germany’s masterplan for the funding of the charging infrastructure, that includes the following elements:

400 million € funding for private charging at home and at the employer’s premises launched 24 November 2020;

A support programme with 350 million € for commercial charging for fleets and for employees is planned for the summer of 2021;

A new edition of the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles funding programme with a volume of 500 million € is scheduled for the spring of 2021 – its predecessor funded more than 30.000 public normal and fast charging points from 2017 to 2020;

The “1.000-Standorte-Programm” that recently passed the fast-charging law in the cabinet, forms the basis for a fast-charging network in Germany;

The funding is intended to provide rapid assistance to small and medium-sized (SMEs), according to EU definition, specifically in the retail, hotel and catering sectors which are particularly affected by the pandemic crisis. SMEs are given the opportunity through the programme to set up a charging point at low cost and thus increase their customer acceptance. Especially in rural areas, the significant number of parking spaces makes the installation of publicly accessible charging infrastructure particularly attractive. In addition, local authorities and municipal enterprises, e.g. supply and disposal companies, can also benefit from the funding and make a decisive contribution to the development of the charging infrastructure.

The funding is granted as a de minimis aid and available for the following initiatives:

The purchase of normal charging infrastructure (AC and DC) (3.7 kW to 22 kW) with up to 80% of the total costs, max. 4.000 € per charging point;

The purchase of fast charging infrastructure (DC) from 22 kW to a maximum of 50 kW with up to 80 % of the total costs, max. 16.000 € per charging point;

Connection to low voltage including installation and set-up costs up to 80 % of the total costs, max. 10.000 € subsidy per location;

Connection to medium voltage amounting to 80 % of the total costs, max. 100.000 € subsidy per location.

Further requirements to be taken into account:

The combination of charging point with buffer storage is also possible (maximum funding amount is analogous to the associated grid connection).

If the accessibility of the charging point is limited (opening hours: at least 12/6), the funding amount is reduced to 50 % of the funding.

The subsidised charging points must enable contract-based charging, roaming and ad-hoc charging.

Electricity from renewable energies is mandatory.

The funded projects must be implemented by 31.12.2022.

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