A key prerequisite for the expansion of electric mobility in Germany is availability of sufficient, user-friendly charging stations. Many people will only purchase an electric vehicle when they can recharge nearby within an acceptable period of time. Therefore the “Funding guideline for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Germany” supports the nationwide establishment of a demand-driven network of charging stations.
The EU also requires member states to establish a well-balanced, nationwide charging infrastructure through its Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive – AFID). To this end, member states developed National Policy Frameworks (NPFs) by November 2016. An important step in supporting the market ramp-up of electric mobility is the development of sufficient and user-friendly infrastructure.
In order to ensure fast, straightforward charging that reflects user needs, nationwide construction of DC fast-charging stations will be accelerated through the funding guideline. Furthermore, the BMVI is supporting the roll-out of AC regular charging stations, or intermittent charging, at locations where users park for longer. All these efforts will secure a nationwide and demand-driven charging infrastructure for battery-electric vehicles in Germany. In the process this will drive the establishment of a dynamic market, which already takes into account existing infrastructure and is characterised by functioning competition between charging infrastructure providers throughout the country.
On 13.02.2017, the European Commission approved the Charging Infrastructure Funding Guideline. The BMVI is providing a total of 300 million euros in funding support.
The BMVI’s federal funding programme for charging infrastructure is meeting with very high demand. Over 7,200 applications for funding were received in the first six funding calls. So far (as of August 2020), applications for a total of around 23,000 charging points have already been approved, of which a good 5,500 are fast charging points. This corresponds to a funding volume of around 149 million euros. A good 9,500 of the funded charging points are already in operation.
The sixth funding call commenced on 22.06.2020 and applications for funding for publicly accessible charging stations could be submitted until 22.07.2020. Up to 3,000 normal and 1,500 fast charging points will be funded. As in the fifth call for funding, funding will also be provided for charging infrastructure that is not open to the public around the clock, but for at least 12 hours on business days (Monday-Saturday). This will particularly benefit parking spaces at kindergartens, hospitals, sports facilities and other district centres.
Reporting within the scope of the funding guidelines/funding calls
Funding for charging stations within the scope of the funding guideline for charging infrastructure is also bound by an obligation to submit regular reports. This includes providing notification of when the funded charging stations go into operation as well as the submission of half-yearly reports during the six-year minimum operating period of the charging stations. The data is evaluated within the framework of the accompanying research on charging infrastructure in order to incorporate findings from the analysis of the status quo into the future planning and design of charging infrastructure expansion.
1. Notification of charging stations going into operation
When the charging stations supported by funding are put into operation, a commissioning protocol must be provided. A possible template for the commissioning protocol is available for download on the website of the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur). The notification of commissioning in OBELIS must be made directly from the time the commissioning protocol is available.
2. Provision of half-yearly reports
To comply with the reporting obligation, the funding recipients must submit information each six months including details on the location, configuration and use of the funded charging stations in the form of half-yearly reports from the time the subsidised charging stations are put into operation.
- 01 August (for reporting period 01 January - 30 June)
- 01 February (for reporting period 01 July - 31 December)
Launch of new OBELIS online platform
A new reporting system was introduced on 01.02.2019. Since then, the submission of commissioning reports and half-yearly reports has been conducted exclusively via the OBELIS online platform, which can be accessed via obelis.now-gmbh.de.