Electric Mobility

Increased acquisition costs for electric vehicles require support measures in order to achieve broad market penetration in Germany.

Support Measures for Electric Vehicles in Germany

Numerous subsidies at EU, federal, state and local level support the further development of electric mobility in Germany. The support measures are based on the Electromobility Act and the Cabinet Resolution of 18 May 2016.

The support program database of the BMWi provides an overview of all current support programs of the EU, federal and state governments. The search can be adjusted individually, for example by filtering for federal states or the type of funding.

The Electric Mobility Act

The Electric Mobility Act entered into force in July 2015. It allows municipalities to decide for themselves on how to support electric cars locally – for instance with free parking or special access rights. This requires a standardized labelling system. Since mid-September 2015, it has been possible to apply for this at the registration authority under a general administrative regulation.

  • Environmental subsidy of EUR 4,000 for BEVs and EUR 3,000 for PHEVs. The total will be limited to EUR 1.2 billion which will be provided by the Government and the automotive industry in equal measure. To run until mid-2019 at the latest.
  • Investments of EUR 300 million in constructing a publicly accessible charging infrastructure, EUR 200 million of which for rapid charging and EUR 100 million for normal charging.
  • Procurement program of EUR 100 million.
  • “Pecuniary benefit” will no longer apply to workplace charging.
  • Exemption from motor vehicle tax for purely electric vehicles for 10 years.

Contents of the Coalition Agreement as of the 14th of March 2018

The Coalition Agreement of the current legislative period supports to further promote electric mobility (BEV and FCEV) in Germany.

The Federal Government considers the continuing support of the charging infrastructure and the transition to electric vehicles to be crucial.

In addition, the Federal Government wants to deal with the legal framework for payment systems and for the installation of charging points for electric vehicles by tenants and homeowners.

An important part of the coalition agreement regarding electric mobility was implemented with the adjustment of the taxation for company cars .

The tax base for the taxation of non-cash benefits will be reduced by 50 percent for electric cars, which will be handed over to an employee for private use as company cars from January 2019. As a result, users of an electric company car will only have to pay tax on 0.5 percent of the gross list price.

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