The German government plans to make EUR200m (US$281.7m) in subsidies available for "showcase" projects to promote electric vehicles, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said, citing industry circles.

Those eligible to receive the subsidy are auto makers, electricity providers, as well as municipalities and public transport companies, Reuters said, citing the paper.

The German government subsidy would be used to supplement a project that has already received funding from the private sector, the paper said.