EU Commission OKs Germany’s new billion euro EV charging scheme

(EurActiv, 15 Dec 2022) The European Commission has approved the German government’s €1.8 billion EV charging support scheme, aimed at boosting the uptake of electric mobility, but an initially considered price cap was dropped.

Under the “Deutschlandnetz” scheme originally drafted under the previous government and then-transport minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU), fast-charging infrastructure is to be set up in areas where charging points would otherwise not be built due to a lack of economic viability.

With a total of €1.8 billion pledged, the government aims to encourage motorists to use electric transport means, including on longer trips, by offering them fast charging points across the nation.

“The aim of the ‘Deutschlandnetz’ is to create a nationwide, user-friendly network of around 900 fast-charging points for e-vehicles, so that everywhere in Germany a fast-charging point can be reached within a few minutes,” the German Transport Ministry explained.

The project received the European Commission’s green light on Wednesday (14 December), as it could help accelerate the ramp-up of electric mobility, in line with the EU’s Green Deal ambitions.

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