Germany introduces National Electric Bus Funding Programme!

Germany introduces National Electric Bus Funding Programme!

The slow market uptake of electric buses in Germany might gain some significant momentum through a new National Electric Bus Support Programme! Read our translation here in English.

The Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has created a 70 Million Euro fund to support public transport operators to invest in electric and plug-in electric buses. Charging infrastructure and supporting operational measures can also be supported. Public transport operators can access the funding through a competition for subsidy. Applicants have to provide detailed information on the environmental benefits, the total costs of ownership, expected noise reduction, equity and loan funding contributions. The BMUB will assess the applications according to four criteria:

1) Overall concept (number of buses in relation to fleet, speed of implementation etc.)
2) Carbon dioxide reduction
3) Air quality improvements
4) Transferability and Visibility.
To reduce unit costs, operators can team-up for applications.


What type of investments will be supported?
The incremental costs for electric buses (in comparison to a regular diesel bus) will be covered through the grant by 80%. The incremental costs do not only include the costs of procurement but also capacity building measures, operational adjustments and charging infrastructure. For plug-in hybrid buses, only 40% of the incremental investment costs will be covered.

You can download the official Funding Policy of BMUB in German here.
We have translated the policy into English, which is available here.

Disclaimer: The English version of the Funding Policy is an unofficial translation and provided for reference only. Although every effort has been made to provide an accurate translation, neither SUTP nor GIZ will be liable for any false, inaccurate or incomplete information presented in the translation.

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