1st Call for Applications for Public Charging Infrastructure Subsidies

12. January 2017 Tobias Wagner Everything About Charging Your Electric Car Tags: , , , , 0 Comments


01. March 2017. Today the German federal government launches a call for applications for public charging infrastructure subsidies. During the first funding call from 1 March to 28 April, applications can be submitted to the Bundesanstalt für Verwaltungsdienstleistungen (BAV). In this first call, €10 million will be provided for setting up AC charging stations with up to 22 kW charging power. In addition, up to 2,500 fast charging points are subsidized. The most important modification of the previously presented guideline concerns the maximum funding rate of 40% for the purchase of the charging station and grid connection. The funds are distributed according to the “first come, first served” principle, so the quicker you submit your application the better.

DOWNLOAD – Checklist: Subsidy Guideline (german version)
  • German government to provide funding of €300 million for (semi-) public charging infrastructure
  • Up to €3,000 per charging point with charging power of up to 22 kW
  • Up to €30,000 for DC fast charging stations
  • Charging stations must be accessible to the public

We are all familiar with New Year’s resolutions. We set ourselves ambitious goals and, despite a great deal of initial motivation, the ultimate outcome is often rather poor. That is not the case with the German federal government as it is getting serious about electric mobility and from 2017 onwards intends to finally solve that “chicken and egg” issue (i.e. charging infrastructure vs. electric cars) and eliminate the many standalone charging solutions currently in place. Over the next few years, the market will see the launch of a number of exciting and affordable electric cars, such as the new VW e-Golf, the Smart ED, the Opel Ampera-e and the Tesla Model 3. In order to ensure that these and other electric cars can be charged publicly, the government is providing €300 million to fund the establishment of a nationwide (semi-) public charging infrastructure. This funding will not only serve large companies and charging network operators, but also smaller companies and private individuals who intend to make their charging stations available to the public.

What Sort of Charging Infrastructure is Being Funded by the German Federal Government?

Charging stations with a charging power of up to 22 kW will receive funding of €3,000, while fast charging stations will be granted as much as €30,000. In addition to the purchase of the charging station, the funding will also cover costs such as installation and connection to the grid. Alongside the top level for totals, a maximum funding quota of 60 percent applies to all funding types. It is important to note that the funded charging stations must fulfil specific technical criteria to ensure that charging processes can also be billed in the (semi-) public sphere. Among other things, this requires an open communication standard (e.g. OCPP) for connecting to a backend, and an energy meter to ensure the charging station fulfils the requirements set out in the applicable legislation governing measurement and calibration.

Furthermore, the federal government recommends charging stations that are certified in accordance with the ISO/IEC 15118 standard to facilitate vehicle-to-grid communication between electric cars and the infrastructure via power-line communication in future. In addition to new installations, funding can also be provided for upgrading existing charging stations, for example so that they meet plug standards or to increase the charging power. This means that even upgrading an existing charging station may be worthwhile. Funding is also possible if you wish to increase the dimensions of the supply line as a precaution in order to allow for faster charging in the future.

Funding is Subject to Certain Conditions. What are They?

To access the funding, the charging infrastructure must fulfil the criteria defined by the federal government. Generally, the charging station installed must comply with the German Charging Station Regulation (Ladesäulenverordnung). This means that the charging station is (semi-) publicly accessible to all, that barrier-free charging (with a particular focus on roaming) is possible, and that the applicable plug standards are observed. Accordingly, standard AC charging stations with a charging power of up to 22 kW require a type 2 socket, while DC quick charging stations should be equipped with a CCS connector. Nonetheless, the addition of optional charging stations (e.g. CHAdeMO) is also eligible for funding. In order to qualify for full funding, however, the charging station must be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Otherwise, the funding will be cut by 50%. The minimum permitted availability is twelve hours on working days, while the minimum service life is six years. In order to ensure that a sustainable charging infrastructure can be established, the power used must come from renewable sources and this must be confirmed by a guarantee of origin.

Next Steps: How Does the Application Process Work?

You want to submit your application for funding as soon as possible? It is important not to begin construction before the funding is granted, but you can begin the fundamental planning process today. Applicants will then be requested to submit applications as part of a number of calls for applications, which will be published by the German Federal Institute for Administrative Services (Bundesanstalt für Verwaltungsdienstleistungen, BAV). These calls for applications will contain further details and explain the next steps. Applications for funding will then first be entered via the Easy-Online form system. We will keep you updated on an ongoing basis with further details on funding as well as all the latest news up until the federal funding is launched, which is expected to be at the end of Q1 2017. We would be pleased to assist you with the construction of a public charging station, and to answer any questions you may have about planning and applying for the funding. Just get in touch with us.

The German federal government’s funding guideline is a major step in the right direction. After all, when it comes to electric mobility, it has long been a question of how to do it, rather than whether it will happen at all. After funding for electric cars, it is the next milestone on the road to transforming mobility in Germany. Now we are all on board: not only charging network operators and large and small companies, but also private individuals.

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