German state to cover 80% of cost for electric buses
The German ministry for the environment (BMUB) has now made its support for the electrification of electric transport official. Bus operators can recover 80 percent of cost when buying more than 5 electric buses, including charging infrastructure.
After the approval of the EU Commission just days ago, the German government can act now. TheFederal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has earmarked an initial 35 million euros. An update is expected in due course.
Bus operators can claim up to 80 percent of the cost of their investment if they acquire 5 or more all-electric buses. Investment includes charging infrastructure as well as training and new service centres. Plug-in hybrid buses can claim support as well with up to 40 percent of costs being recovered by the government.
Operators can now hand in a project draft. Those running buses in areas with high levels of air pollution may be prioritised. The scheme is part of the ministry’s “Clean Air” (Saubere Luft) scheme.
bund.de (in German)