Great interest in the new state funding program for charging electric cars with solar power led to the customer portal of the state development bank KfW being temporarily overloaded at the start. “Our customer portal “My KfW” is currently only accessible to a limited extent. We are working hard on a solution,” it said on the KfW homepage.

On the first day, the development bank recorded very large numbers of hits on the portal from interested parties who wanted to take a look at the funding program, reported a KfW spokesman.

There is 500 million euros in the pot. The purchase and installation of a charging station for electric cars in combination with a photovoltaic system and a solar power storage system is funded. 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 who have ordered an electric car at the time of the application.

Applications are accepted as long as there is money in the pot

As of today, applications can be submitted online to KfW. 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 funding amount can only be received by those who allow their vehicle’s battery to be discharged. The battery can thus serve as a small part of a reserve from which electricity can flow back into the network if necessary or can be used in your own home.

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 97,495 charging points as of July 1st, according to data published by it. The number of fast charging points grew by 4,110 to 18,577, almost twice as fast as the total number.