Federal Minister of Transport issues funding notices to transport companies throughout Germany


German Federal Transport Minister Dr. Volker Wissing hands over funding decisions totaling around 600 million euros for the purchase of climate-friendly buses. Around 1,700 buses will be purchased by transport companies with the new “Directive for the promotion of alternative drives on buses in passenger transport”, including around 1,400 battery buses, 150 fuel cell buses, 50 trolley buses and 100 gas buses. The associated maintenance and recharging infrastructure is also financed.


“Especially in cities where there are a lot of buses, alternative driving modes can make a huge contribution to reducing CO2 emissions, polluting emissions and noise – and thus improving the quality of life. That’s why we specifically support the switch from diesel buses to alternative drives. In the future, 1,700 environmentally friendly, quiet and state-of-the-art buses will be running throughout Germany – and will prove in motion that modern mobility is a benefit for citizens, the climate and Our goal is for 50% of city buses to use alternative and climate-friendly propulsion by 2030. I am delighted that transport companies are taking up this major challenge with us.

Image source: BMDV

The following eight transportation companies and corporations received funding notifications today (included target figures for vehicles):

  • KVG Kieler Verkehrsgesellschaft mbH: 50 battery buses
  • Stadtwerke Munich GmbH: 71 battery buses
  • Transdev GmbH Berlin: 325 battery buses, 40 fuel cell buses, 110 biomethane buses
  • Bremer Strassenbahn Aktiengesellschaft: 50 battery buses
  • City of Esslingen am Neckar: 51 battery-powered trolleybuses
  • Aerosol Flughafen Munich GmbH: 72 battery buses
  • Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG): 350 battery buses
  • Regionalverkehr Köln GmbH: 108 fuel cell buses

A week earlier, notices had already been given to the transport companies Hamburger Hochbahn AG and Verkehrsbetriebe Hamburg-Holstein GmbH (VHH) in Hamburg.

The current notifications constitute the start of the processing of the first call of last year. Other requests are being processed. The second funding call is currently being planned and will be published in the second quarter of 2022.

Find out more about the “Guideline for the promotion of alternative propulsion systems for buses”

Since 2021, the Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV) has been promoting the conversion of bus fleets to climate-friendly routes within the framework of the “Guideline for the Promotion of Alternative Routes in Passenger Transport”. Funds of approximately €1.25 billion are available for this purpose until 2024, with additional funds planned for 2025.

The funding program is open to all technologies to provide the right technology option for each application. The focus is on switching to battery-electric and fuel-cell buses. The federal government covers up to 80% of the additional costs that arise compared to conventional vehicles – and the development of the necessary infrastructure is also part of the financing. Feasibility studies that determine how the conversion to alternative propulsions can be carried out at the respective site are also eligible for funding.

Further information on the promotion of alternative drives for buses in passenger transport can be accessed via the following links:

Image and press release presented with the kind permission of the Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport.


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