E-mobility: German Federal Government wants to push ahead with expansion of charging infrastructure

At the beginning of March 2020, the federal government passed the bill on the Building Electromobility Infrastructure Act. According to the initiators of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI), drivers should soon be able to charge their electric vehicles better at home and at work.

Requirements for builders and owners

The bill provides that in the case of a new building or a major renovation of buildings with more than ten parking spaces, each parking space will be equipped with protective pipes for electrical and data lines. In non-residential buildings, every fifth parking space should be prepared for charging the most recently booming electric vehicles in Germany. From 2025, every non-residential building with more than twenty parking spaces must be equipped with at least one charging point. Economics minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) said that more charging points would be needed to advance e-mobility in Germany and establish it as an attractive alternative.

“GEIG” is intended to advance electromobility

“The law is thus another important step to advance the ramp-up of electromobility,” said Altmaier regarding the initiative, which is in full name “Draft law to build a building-integrated charging and wiring infrastructure for electromobility (Building Electromobility Infrastructure Act – GEIG )” called. In February of this year, the federal government set an additional purchase impulse for consumers with an increased electric vehicle purchase premium, which flanked the current funding programs and guidelines.

Federal government reacts to EU Building Directive 2018/844

With the “GEIG” draft, the Federal Government is implementing the EU Building Directive 2018/844 from 2018 1: 1. Violations of the law are to be fined. The Building Electromobility Infrastructure Act also leaves room for maneuver: Buildings that belong to small and medium-sized companies and are mainly used by them are excluded from the template.

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