The state has recently also supported the installation of private charging stations for electric cars.

A grant of 900 euros can be obtained from the state KfW bank if you install a so-called wallbox in your own garage or parking space.

However, not all charging stations meet the conditions for funding.

A KfW list includes models from almost a hundred manufacturers, but of all things some of the well-known car manufacturers are missing, even though they offer their own charging stations for private households in addition to electric vehicles.

Neither the electrical pioneer Tesla nor the German luxury class manufacturers Mercedes and BMW are currently on the funding list.

If you want to apply for funding, Mercedes recommends two Innogy models instead of your own wallbox.

Volkswagen is the only German car manufacturer to have made it onto the KfW list.


In principle, the total costs of the charging stations must be over 900 euros in order to apply for the subsidy from the state.

In fact, the boxes from Tesla are significantly cheaper with a price of 517 euros.

But not only the acquisition costs apply, the installation by an electrician is also subsidized, so that the total price should generally be above the required 900 euros.

The price alone cannot therefore be the reason for exclusion.

Nevertheless, the funding limit has already led some providers to adjust their prices accordingly.

E.on, for example, offers a wallbox for 901 euros and advertises that the purchase of the charging station only costs one euro if the state subsidy is deducted.


However, the price does not include the installation, so the E.on box is even one of the more expensive copies compared to the Tesla model, for example.

Reduced charging power

But not only does the price have to be over 900 euros for the state to support installation.

Intelligent control of the charging station, a normal charging power of eleven kilowatts and operation with electricity from renewable energy sources are also required.

This can be electricity from your own photovoltaic system as well as green electricity from a supplier.

For some models on the KfW list, it is explicitly pointed out that when installing some models, it must be documented in writing that the charging power has been reduced to eleven kilowatts because the charging stations would also be able to manage more.


The fact that Tesla, BMW and Mercedes do not appear on the funding list does not have to stay that way.

In response to a request from WELT, KfW announced that all manufacturers who want to be included on the list must first have their models checked by the state-owned NOW GmbH.

“This test has not yet been carried out on the charging stations of the manufacturers mentioned,” said a spokesman.

"Provided that the minimum technical requirements are met, it is possible to be included in the list of charging stations eligible for funding." Until then, interested parties who want to make sure that they also receive funding will have to switch to other manufacturers.