In the Local Charging Infrastructure Funding Guideline, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), small municipal utilities and local authorities, as well as companies in the retail and hotel and hospitality sectors, can submit applications for funding for the development of charging infrastructure from April 12 to December 31, 2021. The aim is to accelerate the development of charging stations at attractive everyday destinations: supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, municipal facilities such as swimming pools.

The funding has a volume of 300 million euros and covers up to 80 percent of the investment costs. De minimis funding runs on a first-come, first-served basis.

The program is designed to provide rapid assistance to SMEs. For example, small and medium-sized enterprises in the retail and hotel and catering sectors, which have been particularly affected by the pandemic crisis, are given the opportunity to set up a charging point at low cost and thus increase their customer acceptance. Especially in rural areas, these establishments also have a significant number of parking spaces, making the installation of publicly accessible charging infrastructure particularly attractive. Municipal companies, e.g. supply and disposal companies, can also benefit from the funding and make the topic of charging infrastructure construction more relevant.