In order to strengthen the electric mobility infrastructure, special emphasis will be given to the subsidized program “Charging Everywhere”, financed by the Recovery and Resilience Fund, with the aim of further developing charging points in the country.
The Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Christos Staikouras, at the “Road to Recovery” event, organized in Thessaloniki for the multidimensional positive impact of the Recovery and Resilience Fund on the economy and society, spoke among other things about infrastructure issues, which will have a positive impact on enhancement of electric propulsion. As he mentioned, important steps have already been taken. The percentage of registrations of rechargeable vehicles (purely electric and plug-in hybrids) now stands at 14%, up from 0.4% in 2019. In the same year, there were 58 charging points throughout Greece. Today, their number is 5,514, with the aim of developing 13,000 charging points by 2025, with the help of the “Charge Everywhere” program, funded by the Recovery and Resilience Fund (submission of applications until 31 May 2024).
Object of the program «I charge Everywhere» is the provision of financial incentives for the supply and installation of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations, powered by electricity produced from renewable energy sources (RES), in urban and peri-urban locations and points of interest (airports, highways, ports and parking lots). . The aim is to install more than 8,000 publicly accessible recharging points.
To this end, the terms, conditions, the procedure for participation, submission and acceptance of applications, the implementation mechanism, the mechanism for certifying the achievement of the climate change objective, the timetable for the implementation of the action, as well as any other relevant matter are defined by implementing the “Charge Everywhere” action (see here the 52 pages of the entire program). The implementing body is the Autonomous Department of Electrification of the Ministry of Environment and Energy.
Beneficiaries are commercial companies and sole proprietorships, cooperatives, social cooperatives, joint ventures engaged in commercial activity, public and municipal enterprises.
Beneficiaries are divided into two categories
Class I: Beneficiaries who will own the assisted charging station or will have the ownership or legal right to exclusive use of the installation premises of the charging station and will have entered into a contract with Operators of Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructures (FEIFIO) registered in the Register of Infrastructures and Purchasers Electrokinesis (MYFAI), for the representation of this station, for a period of at least 5 years.
Category II: Beneficiaries who will own the assisted charging station and will themselves operate as electric vehicle charging infrastructure operators registered in the Register of Infrastructure and E-Mobility Market Bodies. Category II beneficiaries, i.e. operators of recharging infrastructures (FEIFIOs) should either be the owners of the installation site of the charging stations or have concluded a contract of at least 5 years for the granting of full and unrestricted use with the owners or have a legal right of exclusive use of the installation sites. Publicly accessible charging stations are divided into two categories, those belonging to Local Transport Authorities (OTAs) and those belonging to other, public organisations.
The program “I charge Everywhere» is financed by the Recovery and Resilience Fund, and in particular by the Public Investment Program (PPE) of the Ministry of Environment and Energy. The amount of the total aid that will be allocated for the action amounts to 79,790,000 euros and is divided into two pillars.
How much 29,921,250 euros will be available for implementation Electric Vehicle Charging Schemes (SFHO) in areas of competence of first level Local Government Organizations. How much 49,868,750 euros will be allocated for the installation of publicly accessible charging stations that are not under the jurisdiction of first-tier Local Government Organisations.
Of these, subcategory B1 (publicly accessible charging stations on the axes of the Trans-European Transport Network) will be subsidized with 14,960,625 euros and subcategory B2 (publicly accessible charging stations in other places) with 34,908,125 euros.
Subsidy rates for small, medium and large enterprises by region
The maximum aid rates based on the population of each Municipality for electric vehicle charging stations that are under the jurisdiction of first-level Local Government Organizations are determined as follows: Above 100,000 inhabitants 50%, from 30,000 to 100,000 inhabitants 60% and below 30,000 inhabitants 70 %.
Eligible costs for the development of publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations fall into three main categories of eligible costs.
The start date for submitting applications is May 11, 2023, while the deadline for submitting applications is December 31, 2023. This period can be shortened, in the event that the available resources are covered before the above date. The final date for the completion of the project and the registration of the charging stations included in it in the Registry of Infrastructure and E-Mobility Market Bodies is set as October 31, 2025.