Green light for the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure's charging infrastructure programme: the European Commission today approved Federal Minister Dobrindt's 300 million euro financial assistance programme. As of 1 March 2017, private sector investors and towns and cities will be able to submit applications for funding. The objective is the deployment of charging infrastructure that provides universal nationwide coverage with 15,000 charging posts.
Federal Minister Alexander Dobrindt said:
We want to give an additional boost to electric mobility. The key factor here is the deployment of charging infrastructure that provides universal coverage. In this way, we will be giving motorists the confidence that they can recharge their vehicles anywhere and at any time. For this reason, we are already installing charging posts at all motorway service stations – and investing yet another 300 million euros for a further 15,000 charging posts throughout Germany.
With its charging infrastructure programme, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is providing 200 million euros of funding for the deployment of 5,000 high power recharging points and 100 million euros for the deployment of 10,000 normal power recharging points. The funding covers not only the installation of the charging posts but also connection to the grid and assembly. Requirements for funding are, among others, that the charging posts are publicly accessible and are operated using electricity from renewable energy sources.
The Federal Government's charging infrastructure programme is part of the package of measures with which the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is supporting the deployment of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This also includes the programme for electric filling stations on motorways and the "Battery Electric Mobility Financial Assistance Programme", which provides around 30 million euros to local authorities each year. In addition, a range of other measures have already been launched – such as motor vehicle tax exemption for electric vehicles, special registration numbers for electric vehicles and privileges for the use of dedicated lanes and parking spaces.