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Solar charging system for electric cars

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»Our customer portal ›Meine KfW‹ is currently accessible to a limited extent. We are working flat out to find a solution," it says on the KfW homepage. The reason for this is the great interest in the new government subsidy program for charging electric cars with solar power. Right from the start, this led to an overload of the customer portal of the state-owned development bank. On the first day, KfW recorded very large numbers of hits on the portal from interested parties who wanted to take a look at the promotional programme, said a spokesman.

There are 500 million euros in the pot for the purchase and installation of a charging station for electric cars in combination with a photovoltaic system and a solar power storage system. According to the Federal Ministry of Transport and the state development bank KfW, there is an investment grant of up to 10,200 euros – for owners of owner-occupied residential buildings who own an electric car or have ordered an e-car at the time of application. (Read here in detail how you can benefit from the funding.)

Applications can be submitted online to KfW since Tuesday. The first-come, first-served principle applies: applications are accepted as long as there is money in the pot. According to the ministry, the maximum subsidy amount can only be received by those who release the battery of their vehicle for discharging. The battery can thus serve as a small part of a reserve, from which electricity can also flow back into the grid or be used in your own home if necessary.

The number of public charging points for electric cars in Germany increased by 13,302 in the first half of the year. In total, the Federal Network Agency counted 1,97 charging points as of July 495, according to data published by it. The number of fast-charging points grew by 4110 to 18,577, almost twice as fast as the total number of fast-charging points.