The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI – Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur) is allocating a total of 500 million euros until the end of 2025 for the further development of the public charging infrastructure in Germany. The goal is to establish a total of at least 50,000 charging points (including at least 20,000 fast charging points).

Today, the first funding call of the newly launched “Publicly accessible charging infrastructure for electric vehicles in Germany” funding guideline (“Förderrichtlinie Öffentlich zugängliche Ladeinfrastruktur für Elektrofahrzeuge in Deutschland”) was published. Starting on 31 August 2021, companies, cities and municipalities, public institutions and private individuals can submit funding applications.

Federal Minister Andreas Scheuer: “Charging must become the new refuelling: People should be able to charge their electric cars anywhere and at any time – at the supermarket, at the roadside, while eating at a restaurant or playing at a sports field. This is the only way to achieve a breakthrough in electric mobility in Germany. Currently, our funding is directly responsible for more than one in four public charging points. With 500 million euros and our new funding programme, we are now going one step further. With an initial 190 million euros, we are supporting the establishment of around 18,000 additional public charging points. This is a continuation of our successful predecessor programme, with which almost 30,000 new charging points have already been completed. Further funding calls will follow this year.”

Johannes Pallasch, spokesperson for the management team of the National Centre for Charging Infrastructure at NOW GmbH: “This funding programme addresses all relevant scenarios with regard to publicly accessible charging infrastructure: intermediate charging, for example in customer car parks or at the roadside, as well as fast charging at axes or fast charging stations in towns. A special focus is therefore on supporting the establishment of fast-charging points. This is how we will meet the continuing high registration figures for e-vehicles now and in the future.”


In the first funding call, funding will be available for:

  • Around 9,000 publicly accessible charging points with a maximum charging capacity of up to 22 kilowatts (normal charging points)
  • Around 9,000 publicly accessible charging points with a maximum charging capacity of more than 22 kilowatts at which charging with direct current (DC) is possible only (DC fast charging points)
  • The grid connection belonging to a supported charging point or the combination of grid connection and buffer storage

Up to 60 percent of the eligible costs can receive funding. All supported charging points must be publicly accessible and powered by electricity from renewable sources. Applications in the first funding call can be submitted from 31.8.2021 to 18.01.2022.


In the first round of the federal charging infrastructure funding guideline for electric vehicles (Bundesförderrichtlinie Ladeinfrastruktur für Elektrofahrzeuge), 300 million euros were available from 2017 to 2020. Around 30,0000 public charging points were approved. Almost 13,000 of these have already been installed, including around 2,000 fast charging points. In parallel to the new funding guideline, the BMVI is supporting the development of the charging infrastructure with, among other things, the funding programmes for on-site charging infrastructure (“Ladeinfrastruktur vor Ort”) and for the purchase and installation of private wallboxes. In addition, the tendering procedure for the Deutschlandnetz (Germany network) with 1000 fast-charging locations will commence shortly.