The German Federal Ministry of Transport has presented 168 so-called ‘future cheques’ totalling 90 million euros as part of the Electromobility Directive. These cheques will help local authorities to purchase more than 3,800 electric vehicles and almost 2,000 charging options.
The aim of the funding offensive is to encourage cities and municipalities to quickly electrify their municipal vehicle fleets. In addition to the procurement of e-vehicles and the appropriate charging infrastructure, the focus of the funding is also on the promotion of electromobility concepts and research projects, according to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMVI).
In the current round, the purchase of a good 3,800 electric vehicles is being supported – including more than 3,000 cars, over 30 buses and up to 400 commercial vehicles. In addition, the federal government is funding the purchase of two plug-in hybrid ferries in Kiel. In future, these will be used in the regular services run by the Kiel towing and ferry company between Kiel and Laboe. A complete list of all recipients of funding and the amounts involved can be found here (in German).
“Mobility will become electric – the question is not if, but when”, commented Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer on the large-scale announcement of the subsidies. “With our immediate clean air programme, we have already financed more than 9,000 electric vehicles and 5,000 necessary charging facilities. Because one thing is clear: E-mobility is not a gimmick for individuals, it is the basis for clean mobility of the future: from cars to local transport to refuse collection vehicles”. In total, the German government has planned for around 265 million euros for the “Clean Air 2017-2020” emergency programme.
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