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Government launches EV-charging funding programme (Germany)

By News Editor / Updated: 21 Mar 2017

The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has given the green light to a nationwide programme that will install a vast network of charging points for electric vehicles.

From 1 March 2017, private investors and municipalities have been able to apply for the € 300m funding programme.

The programme will spend € 220m setting up 5 000 rapid-loading stations and € 100m on establishing 10 000 standard stations.

Federal minister Alexander Dobrindt said: ‘We want to add additional dynamism to electromobility. The key to this is the development of a comprehensive loading infrastructure. This gives the car drivers the confidence that they can recharge their vehicles anywhere and at any time.’

In addition to constructing charging points, the subsidy also includes grid connection and assembly. A prerequisite for funding is that the charging points are publicly accessible and are operated with electricity from renewable energy sources. 

The program is part of a package of measures with which the BMVI supports the development of loading infrastructure for e-vehicles. 

This includes e- station services on motorways, and a programme for battery-electric electromobility.

For more information, visit bmvi.de (in German).

Image copyright: BMW i3 electric car (image on Flickr) by "Kārlis Dambrāns", licensed under CC BY 2.0.

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