This project is one of a kind in the EU so far: Germany is planning to develop an extensive high-power fast-charging network for medium- and long-distance traffic by establishing 1,000 locations with a number of charging points at each location. The law firm Becker Büttner Held (BBH) has been tasked by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) with the provision of legal advice on this prestigious project and will put out a large European-wide tender for the operation of the charging infrastructure.
Despite various support programmes, the major reason why people are still reluctant to buy an electric vehicle is oftentimes the lack of charging possibilities for longer distances as there is no extensive and reliable charging network. Therefore, the envisaged German “network of filling stations” for electric vehicles is meant to be nationwide, ultra-fast and user-friendly to add fresh impetus to the ramp-up of electric mobility. Furthermore, the BMVI considers the project a key tool to meet the level of emissions reduction in the transport sector in line with the Federal Climate Protection Act (Bundes-Klimaschutzgesetz).
The BMVI has tasked the National Coordination Centre for Charging Infrastructure based at NOW GmbH with the calculation of demand, the planning and coordinated deployment of a high-power charging network throughout Germany. BBH is to provide comprehensive legal advice on this large-scale project. This includes, among others, the entire design of the European-wide procurement procedure, the as-sessment of issues under antitrust and European law as well as the contract drafting.
“The nationwide high-power charging project of the BMVI is exactly what we need to elevate e-mobility to the next level. We are pleased that we have been chosen to provide our expertise in this exciting project which is so far unique in the EU”, says BBH partner Dr. Roman Ringwald, who together with Dr. Christian de Wyl and the law firm’s e-mobility team has been and is advising numerous charging infrastructure projects in, among others, Berlin, Munich and Hanover.
Becker Büttner Held is a leading provider of advisory services for energy and infra-structure companies and their customers. Energy and supply companies, particularly public utilities, municipalities and local authorities, industrial companies and international groups are among its core clients. BBH advises these and many other companies and organisations in all legal matters and also assists them with business and strategic advice.
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