The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure now announced the “Directive on the promotion of light and heavy commercial vehicles with alternative, climate-friendly drives and associated tank and loading infrastructure for electrically operated commercial vehicles (pure battery electric vehicles, from the outside rechargeable hybrid electrof vehicles and fuel cell vehicles )” released.
In concrete, the funding policy as part of the implementation of the overall concept Climate-friendly commercial vehicles comprises three elements:
- Promoting the acquisition of new climate-friendly commercial vehicles of the EC vehicle classes N1, N2 and N3 as well as alternative drives of converted commercial vehicles of EC vehicle classes N2 and N3 in the amount of 80 percent of investment rods compared to a conventional diesel vehicle,
- Promoting the tank and charging infrastructure required for the operation of climate-friendly commercial vehicles in the amount of 80 percent of the beneficial project-related total expenditure,
- Promoting the creation of feasibility studies on application possibilities of climate-friendly commercial vehicles and the construction or. Extension of appropriate infrastructure of 50 percent of the beneficial project-related expenditure.
The funding policy is used to implement the climate protection program 2030 adopted by the Federal Government in the fall of 2019. Specifically, they refer to the field of action commercial vehicles with the action bundles “bring CO2-arms truck to the road” as well as “Remove tank and loading and harmonization infrastructure”. The Aim is formulated in the climate protection program that by 2030, about one-third of the driving power in heavy road freight traffic should be electrically or based on current-based fuels.
According to the change in the climate protection law made in May 2021, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in traffic by 48 percent compared to 1990 is required for the year 2030. Until 2045, cross-sectoral external nature is provided across sector. The Federal Government intends to develop concepts for expanding a demand-based tank and charging infrastructure, taking into account the technologies – battery, hydrogen cell and overhead line -.
The new Directive is now intended to promote commercial vehicles with climate-friendly drives for faster dissemination of alternative emission vehicle commercial vehicles and thus to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in this segment and to achieve the O.G. contribute specific objectives in road freight traffic. At the same time, the objectives of the instant program are supported clean air to improve air quality in cities and noise protection.
The use of alternative drives and fuels in road-bound freight transport is considered a significant measure for the CO2 and pollutant reduction of the transport sector. In particular, the use of battery electrical and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as well as hybrid overhead line trucks bar a significant contribution to the decarbonization in the commercial vehicle segment. Vehicles with the above-mentioned drive options are often significantly more expensive compared to conventional vehicles in the purchase. For this reason, this Directive aims to reduce multi-expenditure in the acquisition of alternative drives vehicles and as a result a contribution to market activation or. to make market wrission for commercial vehicles with the aforementioned drive options.
The loading and tank infrastructure is also fully subsidized
Particularly attractive, the funding program is that not only the vehicles itself, but also the construction of the loading and tank infrastructure required for their operation is breed comprehensively. Concretely eligible are investments in mobile and stationary normal and fast load infrastructure. Not only the charging points themselves, but also possibly necessary transformers, transfer stations, plus the setup or extension of the mains connection and buffer memory, whose costs in a comprehensive solution can slip very quickly into a six-digit range and far beyond.
The funded tank and charging infrastructure can also be made available to interested users publicly. In this case, use must be guaranteed to open, transparent and discriminatory conditions. The ongoing costs for the operation of the tank and loading infrastructure are not eligible. Revenues resulting from the use of the funded tank and charging infrastructure by third parties will not be charged to the redundant. The funded tank and loading infrastructure must comply with the state of the art, the measurement and calibration law and the relevant legal requirements.
As part of the tank infrastructure for hydrogen fuel cell trucks, investment in container solutions, mobile gas stations (on trailers) and permanently installed hydrogen gas stations are eligible. To do this, depending on the configuration: memory (pressure tank or liquid-hydrogen storage), compressor, cooling unit, dispenser and trailer. To hydrogen-carrying parts such as memory and compressors from mechanical damage (eg. Through through traffic), measures such as bollards and protective walls are also eligible.
Up to 15 million euros per accepted
Purchase agreements are entitled to private law, municipal companies and bodies as well as institutions of public law and registered associations. For municipal own companies without their own legal personality, the respective municipality is entitled to apply. Basis of assessment are the respective investment. Under Investment Mehrausfeiten within the meaning of the Directive, the expenditure is to be understood which are required to instead of a commercial vehicle with conventional pollutant-class electricity 6 / Euro VI resp. the relevant highest pollutant class to acquire a comparable commercial vehicle with an electrified drive. The maximum payable amount of benefits for vehicles, infrastructure and feasibility studies per applicant and calendar year is 15 million euros under this Directive.
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