Austrian government announces funding campaign for EV charging infrastructure

by Apr 15, 2022

The Federal Ministry for Climate Protection, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) is providing a total funding of 167.2 million euros for the promotion of electromobility in 2022 under the project of E-mobility offensive in Austria. Out of this funding, 15.2 million euros will be for company electric charging infrastructure and 21.5 million euros in funding available for electric mobility for private individuals and for company electric light vehicles including electric two-wheelers and electric bicycles. The funding will be applicable to chargers only powered by renewable energy and the deadline to apply is March 31st, 2023 (or as long as the budget is available).

Private (Residential) Charging
The private charging infrastructure can be funded with a joint application together with a private e-vehicle
purchase or independently of the vehicle purchase as pure EV charger. The funding provides:
• 600 Euros for a wallbox installed in a single/ 2-family home
• 900 euros for a wallbox installed in a multi-family house with a single system
• 1800 euros for a wallbox with load management in an apartment building as part of a community system

Public Charging
• 2500 euros for AC charger (11kW-22kW)
• 15,000 euros for DC fast charger (less than 100 kW)
• 30,000 euros for DC fast charger ( greater than or equal to 100 kW)

Workplace Charging
The charging infrastructure for workplace charging must be able to communicate and be integrated into load management. The funding for chargers is as follows:
• 900 euros for AC Chargers (less than or equal to 22 kW)
• 4000 euros for DC fast chargers (less than 50 kW)
• 10,000 euros for DC fast charger (greater than equal to 50 kW and less than 100 kW)
• 20,000 euros for DC fast charger (greater than 100 kW)

This funding program is pretty similar to kfW funding program that was announced in Germany back in November, 2020 which had a total funding 800 million euros to support the charging infrastructure in the country. Similar to BMK’s plan, the kfW funding also aims to target the expansion of EV charging infrastructure as a whole but also specifically in residential and workplace application. The funding program has so far been really successful in Germany and created a sharp peak in the annual sales of EV chargers. It is yet to be seen whether Austria will follow the same trend in sales and how many more countries will announce such subsidies and grants to accelerate the growth of EV charging to reach their carbon-neutrality targets.

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