Despite controversial funding decisions by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, there is apparently a boom in e-cars. The responsible authority allegedly even needs significantly more employees to cope with the flood of applications.

An electric car is charged at a charging station.

DAccording to the “Bild” newspaper, the federal government has a record number of applications for the promotion of electric cars. In October alone, 32,324 such applications were submitted, reports the newspaper, citing information from the Federal Ministry of Economics. That is three times as many applications as in the same month last year.

Since July, more than 100,000 applications have been made, more than in the entire previous year. The Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) has increased the number of employees responsible for processing by 40 percent. In addition, from November 16, the combination of the “environmental bonus” to promote pure e-cars as well as hybrid and hydrogen vehicles with other public funding programs should be possible again.

Controversial Altmaier decision on funding

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier (CDU) had also caused annoyance among other ministries, because although the purchase premium for e-cars was increased to up to 9,000 euros as part of the Corona aid package, the combination with numerous special programs from the federal, state and local governments was not more was allowed.

After severe criticism, an examination of this combination ban was initiated.