Motion requires energy. A truism. And everyone on the move wants to ensure they can recharge their batteries. This means electric mobility needs a widespread charging infrastructure. The StandortTOOL is planning it. Financial incentives are provided via funding support. Research is accompanying the expansion, and an obligation exists to report on subsidised charging stations.
Mobility without emissions needs alternative drives and fuels that are readily available at all times. For the further spread of electric mobility in Germany, sufficient and user-friendly charging stations are necessary. Many people will only buy an electric vehicle if they can charge it within an acceptable period of time and in close proximity.
On behalf of BMVI, the National Centre for Charging Infrastructure, under the umbrella of NOW GmbH, coordinates and manages the activities to expand the charging infrastructure in Germany. It supports the planning, implementation and promotion of the charging infrastructure. In doing so, it always has the overall system of public and non-public charging infrastructure and the users in mind. The goal: Simply charging.
After six calls for funding, the current funding guideline for public charging infrastructure of the BMVI ends in 2020.
A funding volume of 300 million euros has been made available under this directive. The National Centre uses the OBELIS platform, among other things, to collect and evaluate data from the charging points promoted in this funding guideline. This information is incorporated into future funding programmes and the work of the Federal Government and the National Platform Mobility (NPM).
A total of 7,220 applications were submitted. So far (as of September 2020), applications for a total of around 26,000 charging points have already been approved, of which a good 7,400 are quick charging points. A good 10,500 of the funded loading points are already in operation.
One of the objectives of the National Centre Charging Infrastructure is to make the next rapid charging station accessible in 10 minutes by electric car. The new edition of the funding guideline for public charging infrastructure is currently being prepared and coordinated. In the future, both normal and rapid charging infrastructure should continue to be the subject of funding, so that all scenarios of the use of charging infrastructure in public spaces are addressed. The next call for funding is planned for spring 2021.
In the medium term, a large proportion of the loading processes will also take place in the medium term in a non-public place, either at home or at the employer’s premises. The new funding guideline Private Charging Infrastructure, under which the BMVI is providing a funding volume of 200 million euros, does justice to this.
This is the first time that the BMVI has made it possible to promote privately used charging stations for house and flat owners, tenants and landlords or rental companies. These can apply to the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) for a flat-rate subsidy of 900 euros for the purchase of a charging station including the costs of installation. Applications are made via the KfW website.
The National Centre has been instrumental in drawing up and coordinating the funding guideline and will analyse the expansion of the private charging infrastructure in parallel.
To meet the demand for medium and long-distance mobility on trunk roads and in densely populated and urban areas, the Federal Government will put out to tender a Germany-wide fast-track network of 1000 locations. Each of the charging points must provide at least 150 kW of power. This will make it possible to quickly charge the battery sufficiently even in these cases.
The step from funding to tendering represents a paradigm shift. So far, the establishment of charging points has been promoted through the funding programme Charging Infrastructure. However, this programme alone is not suitable for ensuring the adequate establishment of charging points for a Germany-wide rapid charging network. The BMVI is currently working on the new financing approach together with the National Centre of Charging Infrastructure.
Reporting on Funding Guidelines/on Funding Calls
The funding of charging stations within the charging infrastructure guideline is subject to an obligation to report. This includes notification of commissioning of all subsidized charging stations as well as submission of biannual reports during the 6-year minimum service life of the charging stations. The data will be evaluated as part of the charging infrastructure accompanying research, in order enable findings from analysing the status quo to feed into the future design of charging infrastructure development.
The commissioning of funded charging stations must be verified through a commissioning protocol. A possible template for the commissioning protocol is available on the website of the Federal Network Agency.
To fulfil their reporting obligation, funding recipients report on the location, facilities and use of the funded charging stations in the form of biannual reports, starting from the moment of commissioning of the subsidised charging station.
1. August (for reporting period 1 January – 30 June)
1. February (for reporting period 1 July – 31 December)
You can see which data is requested for the biannual reports in the pdf file “Biannual data request” in the download area.