The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is launching a new call for funding for the establishment of public hydrogen filling stations for commercial vehicles. Up to 60 million euros are being made available for this purpose.

The BMVI is thereby continuing its support for the expansion of infrastructure for alternative drive systems in road transport. Applications for funding can be submitted from 19.10.2021 to 31.01.2022.

The funding programme supports the construction of hydrogen filling stations that will dispense 100 percent renewable hydrogen when in operation.  The funding rate is 80 percent of the eligible expenditure. Funding is also available for the construction of electrolysis plants to supply the filling stations with hydrogen from 100 percent renewable electricity. In these cases, the funding rate is 45 percent of the eligible expenses for the construction of the facilities.

The call for funding is part of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Phase II (2016 – 2026) – or NIP II for short – and is taking place within the scope of the Market Activation funding guideline (Förderrichtlinie Marktaktivierung). Up to now, this has been used to provide funding support for fuel cell vehicles in road transport, such as buses, waste collection vehicles, light commercial vehicles and passenger cars in fleets, as well as the associated refuelling infrastructure and hydrogen production facilities required for their operation.

Information on how to apply, applicable templates and a checklist for applications can be found on the website of the project management organisation Jülich (in German):

Further information can also be found at NOW GmbH: