The Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) is supporting companies in building fast-charging infrastructure for cars and trucks through a new funding programme. Commercially used fast-charging points with a charging capacity of at least 50 kW will be funded as well as the required grid connection.
The BMDV funding programme is primarily geared towards trades and commercial businesses as well as fleet users (e.g. transport and logistics companies, parcel services, rental cars and car sharing, and home care services). In addition to charging points for cars, charging points for trucks will initially be funded on a larger scale in particular. Until now, these charging options were only funded when combined with vehicle procurement. A funding volume of up to 400 million euros is available for this call.
Dr. Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital and Transport: “Commercially-used vehicles have a considerably higher mileage compared to private vehicles. Therefore they play a major role in the electrification of transport and at the same time, they are an important lever for achieving climate protection objectives. The switch to e-vehicles means that companies must build their own fast-charging infrastructure. This can only done with a high level of investment. Our funding supports this important step and assists companies in the transition to climate-friendly and future-oriented mobility.”
The National Centre for Charging Infrastructure, commissioned by the BMDV under the umbrella of federally-owned NOW GmbH to plan and support activities for expanding charging infrastructure in Germany since 2020, will assist the implementation of funding programme in terms of its content. Application submission and processing will be handled by Project Management Jülich (PtJ).
Johannes Pallasch, Spokesperson of the Management Team of the National Centre for Charging Management: “The electrification of the commercial fleet is crucial for the ramp-up of electric mobility. Through this new funding programme, we are expanding the BMDV’s charging infrastructure funding landscape with a very economically important charging scenario. Simple, fast-charging at the depot, maintenance facility or company fleet car park will become a reality.”
Both commercial and public enterprises are eligible to apply. The following expenses are eligible for funding: Investment costs for fast-charging infrastructure and technical equipment (e.g. electric power storge) as well as costs incurred for grid connection and the installation of electrical cables and connections, including underground works.
Applications may be submitted from 18 September 2023 via Project Management Jülich (PtJ) at https://lis.ptj.de/.
- Each company may submit one application only. The following applies in the case of affiliated companies: subsidiaries with their own legal entity may submit their own application.
- The applications of affiliated companies may not exceed an overall funding volume of 30 million euros.
- Irrespective of how many fast-charging points are applied for, the funding limit per application is 5 million euros for this funding call.
- Funding will be allocated on a pro rata basis: for SMEs, a funding quota of up to 40% is possible. For large companies, the funding quota limit is 20%.
- The eligible expenses per charging point have an upper limit which depends on the DC charging capacity of the charging point. For a charging capacity at the charging point of 50 to 149 kW, the maximum funding amount per charging point for SMEs is €14,000 and €7,000 for large companies. For charging points with a maximum charging capacity of more than 150 kW, SMEs will receive a maximum of €30,000 and large companies will receive €15,000.
- The contract may only be awarded following approval of the application.
- Non-eligible expenses include costs for third-party planning, funding of leasing instalments or rental costs for charging infrastructure.
- The fast-charging points must be built within Germany and must remain in the ownership of the company submitting the application for at least two years from the date of commissioning, according to the installation protocol.The electricity needed for the charging procedure must be generated from renewable energy.
- Accumulation with other funding subsidies is not permitted.
- Procurement and installation must take place within 18 months following the receipt of the approval notice (the project duration begins with the date of the approval note). An extension is only permitted in justified, exceptional cases.
On 20 September, 2023 from 9am to 10am, those interested can receive information on the application procedure in the online seminar: ‘Introducing the BMDV funding programme: ‘Fast-charging infrastructure for companies – an overview of goals and application procedures’. Click here to register.