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Green bonus: The federal government is drastically reducing the premium for electric cars

Traffic light coalition massively restricts financing for electric cars. From 2023, pure electric vehicles will receive a lower premium for electric cars. For plug-in hybrids, on the other hand, no environmental subsidies should apply.

“Hello, green bonus,” says the federal government, slowly but surely. Because the traffic light coalition renegotiated state subsidies for electric cars – and agreed.

Like Handelsblatt stated that the premium for purchasing an e-car should be significantly lower from next year. Subsidies for partially electric vehicles, i.e. plug-in hybrids, should disappear completely.

In addition, only private buyers should receive the ecological bonus. Company cars will no longer be financed in the future.

Ecological bonus: New financing for electric cars in detail

Electric cars that cost less than 40,000 euros should receive a subsidy of only 4,500 euros in the future. So far, a grant of 6,000 euros has been applied for. For more expensive purely electric vehicles, the ecological bonus drops to 3,000 euros.

Nothing changes for electric cars that cost more than 65,000 euros. You will not receive any funds in the future. In addition, the subsidy threshold is to be reduced to a net list price of 45,000 euros over the next year. These vehicles should then only be subsidized by the amount of 3,000 euros.

A total of 2.5 billion euros is available for the promotion of electric cars. Important here: the federal government will continue to pay out the environmental bonus until the money is gone, explains Bernd Reuther, spokesman for transport policy for the FDP caucus.

It is important to make it clear that the funds will expire. When the pot is empty, it is empty.

Federal Minister of Economy Robert Habeck (Greens) briefly presented the bonus-malus system for motor vehicle tax. The ecological bonus for e-vehicles was financed only by owners of particularly polluting new cars. However, according to Handelsblatt, this special tax will not initially exist.

Premium electric car: New regulation to prevent subsidy explosion

Agreement on new subsidy rules ends a long dispute in the federal government. Federal Minister of Finance Christian Lindner (SPD) has long been promoting the abolition of the ecological premium. The Greens opposed it.

According to Lindner, the funding is harmful to the federal budget. He prefers to follow what is enshrined in the law debt brake return. In addition, he wants to reduce subsidies overall. Lindner also wants to save on climate protection measures, which has sparked long discussions in the federal government.

Because despite the effects of the pandemic and the Ukrainian war on the German state budget, climate goals must continue to be met. And that also means 15 million electric cars on German roads by 2030. The ecological bonus should help with this.

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