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20.11.2020 | 4 minutes

5 facts: What you need to bear in mind in relation to the KfW charge box subsidy

From November, the Federal Government will be promoting the financing of charging stations for residential real estate. Vattenfall InCharge explains what you need to know about tailor-made solutions for your Real Estate Charging.

Attention landlords, owners and investors: In order to improve the charging infrastructure for residential properties, the Federal Government is participating in the financing of privately used charging stations with a subsidy of 900 euros per charging point. With the KfW 440 subsidy programme, the Federal Government is providing a total of EUR 200 million in funds. This article provides relevant background information and explains why Vattenfall InCharge represents the best overall package.

1. Requirements for residential properties

The Federal Government is promoting new charging stations on existing residential buildings in accordance with Section 2 (1) of the Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV), which naturally serve the purpose of housing.

With this subsidy, KfW is supporting charging stations in privately accessible parking spaces and garages.

Subsidised costs also include the purchase price of a new charging station with 11 kW charging capacity and intelligent control, as well as the costs for installing and connecting the charging station, including all installation work.

Charging stations on boarding houses, on the other hand, are not supported as a accommodation business offering hotel-like services, holiday homes and apartments, as well as weekend homes.

Tip: The subsidy can be combined with other KfW subsidies. The investment is rounded off by additional subsidies, such as the installation of a photovoltaic system (PV system) for self-produced solar power, barrier-free access routes to the parking space or burglary protection.

2. Large scale charging station investment pays off

In the 440 subsidy programme, the Federal Government is offering support with 900 euros - per charging point. As charging stations in apartment blocks are usually equipped with several charging stations or charging boxes, this expansion of the charging infrastructure is particularly advantageous. Real estate owners, for example, receive a subsidy of €4,500 for setting up 5 charging points. It should only be noted here that the total costs must be at least as high as the subsidy amount.


Charging points Threshold value Total costs Total subsidy
1 EUR 900 e g .EUR 700 0
1 EUR 900 min. EUR 900 EUR 900
2 EUR 1.800 e.g. EUR 1.500 EUR 900
2 EUR 1.800 min. EUR 1.800 EUR 1.800
3 EUR 2.700 e.g. EUR 2.100 EUR 1.800
3 EUR 2.700 min. EUR 2.700 EUR 2.700
... ... ... ...




3. Special features for landlords

The de minimis aid scheme applies to KfW subsidy. This means that the subsidy is no longer subject to authorisation by the European Commission, as the amounts are assessed as minor.

The total amount of de minimis aid granted to a single company by a Member State must not exceed 200,000 euro during the current three-year period.

If you have already received de minimis aid, you are obliged to submit a de minimis declaration in the KfW Grant Portal with the following information: Aid granter, aid value, authorisation date and file number.

Detailed information on the aid rules can be found here.

4. Special features for apartment owners' associations

Here, the administrator of the apartment owners' associations or another authorised representative makes a joint application.

In this case, a corresponding valid power of attorney must be uploaded upon application (e.g. power of attorney of the owner or decision of owner meeting to appoint a representative).

No detailed information is required for rented residential units. A confirmation that the de minimis maximum limits are complied with in the KfW Grant Portal is sufficient.

In addition, a list of surnames, first names and addresses of the apartment owners making the application is required when submitting the application. It can be uploaded during the application process.

5. How Vattenfall InCharge supports the expansion of the charging infrastructure in the real estate sector

With attractive offers for charging boxes including installation, Vattenfall actively supports the Federal Government's subsidy commitment. With a charging capacity set to 11 kW and intelligent control, Vattenfall InCharge range fulfils important requirements.

Real estate owners benefit from a tailor-made product for modern electromobility with Real Estate Charging from Vattenfall InCharge. Vattenfall InCharge creates an individual, gradually expandable concept for charging infrastructure in underground car parks or parking lots.

Are you curious? Discover the limited discount prices and flexible contract models of our Real Estate Charging! Find out more about the KfW 440 Wallbox subsidy in our special or get a tailor-made offer.

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