Berlin (dpa) - The Federal Ministry of Finance is increasing a program to promote private charging stations for e-cars in residential buildings by 300 million euros. The German press agency learned this on Thursday from government circles. Financing comes from the energy and climate fund.
The now pledged 300 million euros are more than the 200 million euros that Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) had asked for at the beginning of July. Scheuer had asked Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD) to make this money available. Due to the unbroken high demand, the previous funds of 500 million euros have been used up. With the program, the federal government is promoting the installation of so-called wall boxes.
The dynamic development of applications indicates a high demand for the funding program in the further course of the year, according to government circles. A government insider said it was a bit surprising: In the budget negotiations in June there was an offer to the Ministry of Transport to provide more money for charging options in residential buildings. However, the Ministry of Transport rejected this, only to call out a few weeks later: "Help, the money is gone."
New registrations of electric cars have risen sharply in recent months, mainly due to higher government premiums. More e-cars play an important role so that climate targets can be achieved in traffic.
The President of the Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), Hildegard Müller, welcomed the increase. "This will accelerate the expansion of electromobility and help to achieve the climate targets."