The Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV – Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr) is investing another 20 million euros for the procurement of vehicles and development of charging infrastructure under the Electric Mobility Funding Guideline. A total of 86 projects will be approved, 36 of which will be proposed by municipalities and 50 by companies. The BMDV is supporting the procurement of more than 1,000 vehicles and almost 250 charging points under the Electric Mobility Funding Guideline. The guideline is coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (PtJ).
Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital and Transport: “To sustainably reduce transport emissions and over the long term, we need electric mobility. Taxis and courier services have an enormously high annual mileage of thousands of kilometres, particularly in our inner cities. That is why we are supporting municipal and commercial fleets in their switch to electric mobility, in the amount of 20 million euros.”
The funding supports municipal and commercial fleets like vehicle fleets, service vehicles, taxis, mobility and sharing services in accelerating their switch to alternative drives. By using renewable energies, these high-mileage vehicles achieve major CO2 savings and thus contribute to reaching transport climate targets.
The BMDV is pursuing an overall strategy for the market ramp-up of electric mobility. This includes funding the electrification of all transport modes (cars, commercial vehicles, buses and rail) as well as the development of charging infrastructure, research funding and setting the right framework conditions, e.g. through the electric mobility law. In the summer of 2021, the goal of 1 million electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, was reached and the dynamic ramp-up which began in mid-2020, continues. In December 2021 there was a new peak in registrations and more than 48,000 electrically-powered cars were registered in Germany. That is more than 20 per cent of new registrations and thus more than for diesel vehicles. At the end of last year, there was a total stock of around 1.23 million electric cars. The stock of all electric vehicles, including commercial vehicles and buses, amounts to approx. 1.3 million vehicles at the end of 2021.
About the Electric Mobility Funding Guideline:
The BMDV launched the Electric Mobility Funding Guideline in 2015 to make the transport sector more sustainable and more energy efficient. The guideline funds battery-electric applications in three areas: municipal and commercial electric mobility concepts, application-oriented research and development projects as well as the procurement of battery-electric vehicles for municipal and commercial vehicle fleets. So far there have been 18 calls and over 1,000 projects implemented with a funding volume of 386 million euros.
Funding for commercial fleets was newly added to the BMDV’s revised Electric Mobility Funding Guideline in December 2020. The goal is to better reflect the synergies of fleet applications on the municipal level and to reach the broadest possible user group with the funding. Companies were able to achieve a subsidisation rate of between 40 and 60 per cent while in the municipal sector, a funding rate of up to 90 per cent was possible.
Another call for funding of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure will follow in 2022. The funding guideline runs until 2025.