The Federal Ministry of Transport has approved a further 300 million for private charging stations for electric cars. This is likely to be the last supplement.
At the beginning of July, the funding programme was temporarily terminated – the available sum of 500 million euros had been used up, at least in theory. By the end of June, the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) had received exactly 507,102 applications for funding for a total of 615,164 charging points for electric cars – with a subsidy of 900 euros per charging point, this already corresponded to a total volume of around 554 million euros.
Some experts in the automotive industry, but also among the manufacturers of wallboxes, had therefore assumed that this would end the KfW subsidy programme 440 “for the purchase and installation of charging stations at privately used parking spaces in residential buildings”. However, despite the very tight budget situation caused by Corona and despite internal disputes, Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) have now agreed to continue the programme and to make another 300 million euros available for it.
Only a few million euros outflowed
The funding portal has been open again since Thursday, 22 July. The “order letter” from the Ministry of Transport took a few days to arrive at KfW. And without it, KfW cannot decide on any funding amounts. In any case, only small sums have actually flowed out at present. KfW is talking about an amount in the “single-digit millions”. The reason: the wallbox can only be ordered and the electrician commissioned once the funding application from e-car drivers and homeowners has been approved. And because of the great demand, but also because of a shortage of components, some manufacturers of wallboxes have had major delivery problems in recent months.
These are only gradually easing – also because manufacturers like Heidelberg have increased their production capacities. Last week, Heidelberg commissioned a third production line in Walldorf-Wiesloch, where charging stations are now assembled around the clock in three shifts. The capacity of the electricians, on the other hand, cannot be increased so easily. KfW has therefore extended the deadline: those who receive a funding approval now have twelve months instead of nine to upload proof of the installation of the wallbox on the grant portal. Otherwise, the grant of 900 euros will be forfeited.
Text: Franz W. Rother, Edison