December 14, 2020 | EVBox
Last updated on April 22, 2022
Across Europe, there are many electric vehicle (EV)charging incentives available for both private citizens and businesses.
European state governments, cities, and regions as well as the EU itself see the installation of residential and commercial charging stations as key to accelerating electric vehicles adoption across the continent.
Incentive and grants are offered from Spain to Sweden and many places in between to motivate the uptake of electric mobility.
In this guide, we’ve split electric vehicle charging incentives into two categories: residential charging incentives and commercial charging incentives.
To view a specific country's incentives for EV charging, please use the links below:
In 2019, Austria launched the electric vehicle charging initiative e-Mobility Offensive. The latest instalment of this initiative, aptly called e-Mobility Offensive 2022 is valid until December 31, 2022, and includes a massive increase in federal funding for electric vehicles, residential charging infrastructure, and commercial charging infrastructure.
The following residential EV charging incentives are available in Austria as long as the applicant can provide proof that the electricity used stems from 100 percent renewable energy sources.
Further information for each of the three residential charging incentives can be found on the Austrian government's site.
In Belgium, purchasing and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure is incentivized through tax returns and tax exemptions.
A tax deduction is available for the purchase, installation, and grid connection costs for private and commercial parking, where charging infrastructure is available for public uses.
The amounts are as follows:
To incentivize the use of electric vehicles, Denmark offers tax reductions on the electricity used to power commercial electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Currently, there are no incentives for the purchasing and installation of charging infrastructure.
Finland offers incentives for both commercial and residential electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the form of subsidies. Helsinki has invested €4.8 million in public charging stations in the last few years—almost tripling the total number of charging ports in the country.
ADVENIR, The French EV Infrastructure Charging Program, was launched in 2016 to help finance private charging infrastructure for company fleets and in apartment buildings.
As part of its renewal for the period 2020 - 2023, the ADVENIR program has a budget of €100 million with the objective of financing more than 45,000 new charging points by the end of 2023.
The ADVENIR premium depends on the place of installation (condominium, private parking, roads, etc.), the power and use of the charging station (private, public).
To help you estimate the amount of your ADVENIR premium you can use our subsidy simulator.
The following residential incentives are available until 31th of March 2022:
In 2020, Germany committed to significantly improving its support for consumers purchasing electric vehicles in order to meet its target of having one million charging stations and 10 million electric vehicles by 2030. For 2022, the KFW has allocated funding for a total of €350 million.
This support equates to both national and regional incentives in the form of tax reductions and grants for both residential and commercial infrastructure.
Currently, Greece only offers incentives for the purchasing and installation of residential charging stations.
In 2021, the Irish Government continues to provide a number of supportive incentives for EV charging infrastructure via the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
In 2019, Italy launched the Eco-Bonus program to provide subsidies for electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as electric vehicle charging infrastructure. In 2021, The automotive fund for the purchase of low-emission vehicles was refinanced with €350 million.
The Eco-Bonus program aims to cut net emissions to zero by 2050 and mandates that electric vehicles should replace ICE vehicles by 2035 at the latest.
To encourage more people to adopt electric mobility, a new subsidy has been introduced in Luxembourg for the purchase and installation of new electric-vehicle charging stations.
The grant is available to natural persons who:
Building managers may also submit applications on behalf of the person who owns the building as long as they obtain a written mandate to do so from the owner.
The aid covers 50 percent of the VAT-exclusive cost of the purchase and installation of the charging station: for buildings with up to three parking spaces, the aid is capped at:
Eligible installation costs include installing the charging station and installing and connecting a smart charge-management system, etc. For a comprehensive overview of the subsidy, the following link takes you to the Luxembourg Government's website. The application deadline is 30 June 2023.
In the Netherlands, electric vehicle charging infrastructure incentives are mostly provided for private companies. However, residents in most regions can request the installation of a public charging port near their place of residence or work free of charge—this will also be freely accessible to all residents.
In 2019, Spain launched its biggest electrification program, MOVES, with a budget of €45 million allocated to the promotion of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. In 2020, MOVES II was established. Under the second iteration of the MOVES Plan, the Spanish government has secured €100 million for charging infrastructure and the acquisition of electric cars.
MOVES III was launched in 2021 to build upon previously established measures and is managed by local authorities.
A grant is available for the purchase and installation of charging stations in privately or shared used parking spaces in residential buildings.
In 2015, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and several administrative boards launched the Klimatklivet program in a bid to reduce CO2 emissions at a local and regional level. Today, Klimatklivet is one of Sweden's major policies targeting GHG emissions and has contributed a total of 5.4 billion SEK to more than 3200 different projects.
A program aims to support the development of electric vehicle recharging infrastructure and hydrogen refueling infrastructure to reduce the number of vehicles emitting CO2 and NOx and improve air quality. The program provides for the possibility of co-financing projects consisting in:
The UK has developed a Road to Zero strategy aimed at making transportation in the four nations carbon-neutral by 2040.
A grant that covers up to 75 percent of the purchasing and installation costs of a charging station is available to private individuals. A grant cap is set at £350 (including VAT) per installation. Currently, the grant is available to all residents: homeowners and renters alike. Installations in single-unit properties need to be completed by 31 March 2022 and a claim submitted to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) by 30 April 2022.
After 30 April 2022, the scheme will remain open to:
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