Last updated on March 9, 2021
The Federal Government supports private wallboxes with up to 900 Euros. A first list of eligible devices has now been published.
KfW promotes wallboxes from more than 50 providers.
The federal government’s support programme for private charging stations includes wallboxes from more than 50 providers. This is shown in an initial list of eligible devices published by the responsible Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) . Accordingly, the wallboxes must fulfil several conditions in order to be eligible for support. According to the programme announced at the beginning of October charging stations are promoted at parking spaces and in garages that belong to residential buildings and are only accessible to the public. The wallboxes supported must have a charging capacity of 11 kilowatts (kW) and an intelligent control system. The latter means that they can be integrated into a load management system.
All manufacturers therefore include the note: ” Important for each model: Please have your specialist company confirm in writing that the charging station has been throttled to 11 kW or that it only has a charging capacity of 11 kW.” This means that devices can also be promoted which in principle have a capacity of 22 kW, but only a 16 ampere cable can be connected. As the programme is used to promote single charging points, wallboxes with two charging points receive double the amount of funding.
In addition to well-known wallbox manufacturers such as ABB, Alfen, Heidelberg, Keba, Mennekes, Wallbe, Wallbox or Webasto, KfW also promotes the equipment of car manufacturers such as Ford or Volkswagen.
Laut KfW, the subsidy applies only to existing buildings, but can be applied for retroactively for new buildings. A possible own contribution will only be subsidised if someone has the appropriate professional qualifications or has a specialist electrical engineering company. Applications can be submitted after 24 November 2020.
In order to speed up the development of a private charging infrastructure, the German Bundestag decided in mid-September 2020 the right to a private charging point for home owners and tenants. According to the law, in the future every flat owner can “demand appropriate structural changes which […] serve the charging of electrically powered vehicles […]”. A decision on the installation of such modifications was to be taken ‘within the framework of proper administration’. In future, tenants will also be able to demand structural changes to the rented property from the landlord, which serves the purpose of charging electric cars. The law could come into force at the beginning of December.
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