What subsidies are available for charging infrastructure?

1. Subsidy guideline for electric vehicles

In order to accelerate and advance the mobility transformation, the Federal Cabinet adopted a market incentive programme for electric mobility on 18 May 2016. Among other things, this includes funding for constructing electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Since 2017, it has been possible to apply for pro-rata funding of the investment costs of publicly accessible charging infrastructure.

The aim of this programme is to establish a nationwide network of rapid and standard charging stations. The Federal Government will provide a total of €300 million for this purpose, initially until the end of 2020. Of this, €100 million is available for standard charging stations and €200 million for rapid charging stations.

In the case of the economic stimulus package for mitigating the effects of the Coronavirus crisis , the federal government decided to provide an additional €2.5 billion for expanding safe, modern charging station infrastructure.

Who will receive funding?

  • Businesses / companies
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Private individuals
  • Municipalities

What is subsidised?

  • Normal charging points (AC charging stations)
  • Rapid charging points (DC charging stations)
  • Installation and grid connection
  • Improvement of existing charging infrastructure (increase of charging capacity, compliance with plug standards, preparation of additional charging points)

How much is the subsidy?

  • Normal charging points (up to 22kW) each with 40% (up to €2,500)
  • Rapid charging points (from 22kW) each with up to 50% (up to €30,000)
  • Grid connection – low voltage per location with 60% (up to €5,000)
  • Grid connection – medium voltage per location with 60% (up to €50,000)

One of the prerequisites for the subsidy is that the stations are publicly accessible. Acquisition, installation and set-up can all be subsidised.

Here you will find everything you need to know to prepare for the application process as well as other helpful links from the Federal Ministry of Administrative Services (BAV).

2. KfW subsidy for private charging stations on residential buildings

Another subsidy option is the grant from KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau) for private charging stations on residential buildings. The aim of the subsidy measure is to support private individuals in switching to eMobility and to promote the expansion of the charging infrastructure in the private sector for this purpose.  Applications can be submitted directly on the KfW grants portal from 24 November. You can find more information in our article on the KfW subsidy.

Who is eligible for the subsidy?

Promoters of investment measures in non-publicly accessible areas of owner-occupied or rented residential buildings, such as:

  • Tenants
  • Homeowners
  • Landlords

What is subsidised?

  • Subsidy for the installation of newly installed, private (not publicly accessible) charging stations on existing residential buildings

How much is the subsidy?

  • €900 per charging point

  Further subsidy opportunities for eMobility can be found in our article Overview of subsidies and benefits for eMobility.

Do you have questions or want to find out more?

We will be happy to advise you personally and answer any questions you may have.

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