Lower Saxony wants to enable charging stations in state parking lots

Lower Saxony wants to enable charging stations in state parking lots

The state government of Lower Saxony wants to make its own parking areas available for the installation of publicly accessible charging points. A decree that has now been published standardizes and simplifies the procedure for doing so. But there is a potential catch.

This decree lays down the procedure and includes a model rental agreement. In principle, non-residential buildings with more than 20 parking spaces are eligible for this - i.e. mainly buildings belonging to public authorities. The decree gives these buildings the option of converting their parking spaces into a public charging station.

The catch: In individual cases, it is still the respective authority as the user of the state property that decides whether and how many parking and ancillary spaces can be made available within this framework. If the authority is of the opinion that it needs the parking spaces itself for employees and visitors, it may be that no spaces are made available at all for the loading spaces.

However, the state does not want to build and operate the charging stations itself, but rather make the parking spaces available to private companies. In concrete terms, the process is described as follows: If areas are available, the locally responsible building authority is first to examine construction and other technical issues. If the result is positive, the respective authority can then conclude a lease agreement with the "private company" - i.e. a charging point operator. The useful life stipulated in the lease agreements is a maximum of 15 years.