National Strategic Framework for expanding infrastructure for alternative fuels

The German cabinet has today adopted the National Strategic Framework for expanding infrastructure for alternative fuels, submitted by the Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt. The National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology supported the BMVI in the preparation of the NSR.

Dobrindt: “We support the ramp-up of alternative drive systems. We want to shape this development to be at the cutting edge. The key to this is setting up a nationwide recharging and refuelling infrastructure for all modes of transport and major technologies: electric mobility, fuel cells and natural gas. We have therefore begun an infrastructural initiative for a drive system changeover – and with around one billion euro in investments, we are leading the way in Europe. Thus Germany remains the pioneer for mobility 4.0 and is holding the course to our goal of more mobility, less emissions.”

The National Strategic Framework (German: NSR) formulates Germany’s goals and measures for developing infrastructure for the alternative fuels of electricity, hydrogen and natural gas. Germany is thereby fulfilling an important specification of the EU Directive 2014/94/EU.

Worth around one billion euro, the investments are composed of the following: 300 million from the electric mobility recharging infrastructure programme, 140 million euro from the funding programme “On-site electric mobility”, 247 million euro from the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) and 268 million euro from the Mobility and Fuel Strategy.

Electric Mobility / Charging poles

BMVI actions:

  • Equipping all managed highway rest facilities with fast recharging poles.
  • 300 million euro funding programme for a nationwide network with 5,000 fast and 10,000 regular charging poles by 2020.
  • "On-site electric mobility" funding programme with around 35 million euro per year to support municipalities in the procurement of electric vehicles and the associated construction of charging infrastructure required.

Fuel cells / Hydrogen refuelling stations
Today there are already over 20 hydrogen refuelling stations in operation. The goal is to create a basic network of 100 refuelling stations by 2018. This will have increased to a total of 400 stations by 2023.

BMVI actions:

  • Creation of an initial network through the 50 refuelling stations programme (funded by the NIP).
  • Further funding in the amount of 247 million euro from 2016-2019 for the further development and market establishment of hydrogen and fuel cell technology (carried out within the framework of the NIP).
  • Support for the cross-sectoral platform H2 Mobility Deutschland in the construction of the nationwide hydrogen refuelling station network.

Natural gas refuelling stations
At the moment there are 900 refuelling stations for compressed natural gas (CNG) in operation. By 2025 there will be a basic network of LNG refuelling stations (liquid natural gas) for heavy goods vehicles along the TEN-V core network. LNG supply of ships in harbour through “truck-to-ship” bunkering is already secured. The development of infrastructure for LNG supply in harbours will take place according to demand.

BMVI actions:

  • Funding of the first demonstration projects, e.g. procurement of LNG truck fleets, LNG PowerPacks for shore-side power supply of container ships during downtime.
  • Developing a BMVI funding programme, in order to support the equipping and conversion of ships with LNG drive systems.