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March 1, 2017 - Starting signal for the federal charging infrastructure program

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure gives the green light for the program to promote the charging infrastructure, the starting shot will be given on March 01st, 2017. In an FAQ, the most important points of the 300 million euro funding program for the development of the charging infrastructure are briefly asked and Answers summarized. Who is allowed to submit applications and to what extent is funding available? There are many details to consider before a charging point with funding can be put into operation.

Frequent questions and answers from the perspective of the BMVI:

Who can apply for funding?

Natural and legal persons are eligible to apply.

Can there be joint projects?

Basically yes. It is decisive that the association has an independent legal form as

legal person has. A union, e.g. as a working group, is sufficient for one

Eligibility to apply does not exist.

When can the application for funding start?

Applications can be submitted from March 1, 2017.

How are the funds allocated?

In the first call for funding, the funds are allocated according to the “first-come-first” principle.

What exactly is being funded?

The subject of the funding is the establishment of a publicly accessible charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Germany with one or more charging points, including the necessary network connection and the installation of the charging station.

How is the funding amount for a project calculated?

The assessment basis for the grant is the total eligible expenditure.

These are made up of the purchase costs for the charging station, the

Expenses for upgrading and replacement with additional added value, as well as the

Assembly costs excluding sales tax.

Is the funding available on a pro-rata basis? Is there a co-payment?

In the first call, the funding is proportionate; the funding quota here is a maximum of 40 percent of the maximum rates for normal and fast charging points as well as the grid connection.

Is the amount of funding limited to each applicant?

In principle, the maximum grant amount per applicant is EUR 60 million

for the entire funding period 2017-2020. The first funding call is the maximum

Grant amount per applicant limited to 5 million euros.

What are the requirements for receiving funding?

The three most important criteria are:

 Compliance with the minimum technical requirements from the funding guidelines and the first funding call

 Access to the charging station should in principle be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

be enabled.

 The electricity required for the charging process must come from renewable energies or from

locally generated renewable electricity.
Are there any requirements for the connector standard?

The requirements of the charging station ordinance apply. When building normal and

The type 2 plug must be used at fast charging points at which AC charging is possible. When setting up normal and fast charging points where direct current charging is possible, the Combo 2 connector must be used.

Will the pillars have all common plugs?

The requirements for the connector standard for normal charging and fast charging points mentioned in Section 3 of the Charging Column Ordinance (LSV) of March 09, 2016 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 457) must be observed.

In addition, other connector standards can be promoted at each charging station.

How many cars can a fast charging station charge at the same time?

The number of cars per charging station depends on how many charging points there are at a charging station. A charging station can have several charging points.

Is the charging process free of charge? If so, by when?

The funding guidelines and the funding call do not specify any requirements for this. The operator of the respective charging station decides for himself whether to provide the electricity free of charge or to use a billing model. There are basically different ones

Billing models such as time- or kWh-based billing.

How long does the charging process take on average?

The charging process at a normal charging station takes an average of 5-6 hours, the

Charging at a fast charging station takes an average of 20-30 minutes.

Is there a regional distribution of the charging infrastructure?

Distribution of the fast charging infrastructure (S-LIS):

The number of charging points per federal state is based on the one used to create the

RWTH Aachen University's national strategy framework (NSR) calculations for the expected demand in 2020. The federal states were divided into five groups and an average was calculated, which then applies equally to all federal states in this group. For the time being, this breakdown only applies to the first call for funding. The first call for submission of applications in accordance with the funding guidelines for charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Germany provides for the following distribution of the planned 2.500 fast charging points among the federal states:

Federal states Charging points per federal state Total charging points
1 Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia 430 1290
2 Lower Saxony, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate 186 558
3 Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, Saxony 90 270
4 Brandenburg, Hamburg, Saxony-Anhalt 66 198
5 Bremen, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Thuringia, Saarland 46 184

If the maximum number of eligible fast charging points has been reached in a federal state, no further funding will be granted for fast charging points in this state.
Distribution of normal charging infrastructure (N-LIS):

There is no regional distribution of the “normal charging infrastructure”.

Who guarantees the functionality? Who maintains the charging stations?

The operator of the respective charging station is responsible for ensuring that the network operator's grid connection conditions are complied with. The operator must ensure that the charging station can be used at the times specified in the funding application. In addition, the operator is responsible for proper maintenance. Both the manufacturer's guidelines and the legal requirements must be observed.

What do the charging stations look like?

The funding guidelines do not specify the model or appearance of the charging station. For a nationwide uniform appearance, floor marking is required in the first call for funding.

Is it mandatory to mark the charging station?

The parking spaces next to a charging station in the public street are to be marked with a floor marking, the parking spaces in the non-public area with a green floor marking.

The logo of the funding agency BMVI must be visibly attached to the charging station itself. The sticker will be sent with the donation notification.

Is the location of the charging stations recorded?

The location coordinates must be specified in Appendix 1 (technical and spatial framework conditions per location) in the application process.

The location data is recorded in order to record the progress of the expansion of the charging infrastructure in Germany. This is the basis for managing the needs-based expansion of the charging infrastructure in the future.

Is there a minimum operating time for the charging stations?

Operators commit themselves to a minimum operating time of 6 years. Proof of this is provided by registering the commissioning and decommissioning of the charging infrastructure with the Federal Network Agency.

Source: Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

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