New environmental bonus: Brussels gives the green light

Funding for the purchase of an electric car or a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will amount to up to 6,000 euros in the future. On February 11, the European Commission approved Berlin’s plan to not only extend the environmental bonus until 2025, but also to increase it. The federal government’s plan was drawn up at the end of 2019, but the EU’s confirmation has only now reached the capital. Review: After the funding expired for a short time, sales of electric vehicles collapsed. Car manufacturers such as Nissan, Renault, Hyundai and Kia responded and increased the purchase premium with their own funds. This will no longer be necessary.

New premium retrospectively until November 4, 2019

The increased environmental bonus is applicable to all electric vehicles registered after November 4, 2019. The new subsidy for electric cars provides for a bonus of 6,000 euros for vehicles with a net list price of up to 40,000 euros. It has thus been increased by 50 percent. For vehicles with a net list price of over 40,000 euros, the allowance rose by 25 percent to 5,000 euros. The funding also applies to plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) up to a net list price of 40,000 euros, which now enjoy a grant of 4,500 euros. Above the 40,000 euro limit, the subsidy for the hybrid can be up to 3,750 euros.

Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier was satisfied with the commitment from Brussels on February 11th: “I am delighted that the European Commission has given the green light today for the adjustment of the environmental bonus for electric vehicles.” In a press release he promised that the new funding guidelines would soon come into force The Christian Democrat emphasized that industry would continue to share half of the environmental bonus, and the other half would be borne by the taxpayer.

Update / addendum to this post on February 19, 2020: On February 18, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) published the announcement of the guideline for the promotion of the sale of electrically powered vehicles (environmental bonus). The new environmental bonus has thus come into force.

You can find a list of all eligible electric vehicles here.

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