Now da: Premium for electric cars

Berlin, may 18, 2016

It is a noble goal, but now almost impossible to achieve: a million electric cars on German roads should drive up to the year 2020. But it will be difficult even with generous expansion of the definition on plug-in hybrid. So 2015 some 46,000 power cars were registered in, of which 23,500 pure electric cars. Now tax advantages and a buyer's bonus will do it, today adopted by the Federal Government.

Up to 4,000 euros for E - car buying

What are the cornerstones of this E car promotion, which must be approved by the Bundestag even final? The financial bonus of 4,000 euros for "purely electric vehicles", and 3,000 euros for plug in hybrid is certainly at the heart so the wording of the decision. However, the purchase price shall not exceed €60,000. How far is the definition of an electric car, is unclear. So about the Renault classified as a quad would be Twizy a bargain with the premium, also electric vans would be interesting for some operation. Those who lay now to an electric car, is exempt from road tax also for ten years. Who can recharge his vehicle in the operation of the employer that no longer need taxable as cash advantage. Employers can have on the wage tax subsidise the construction of charging stations on its premises.

Millions for the infrastructure

Federal and industry each pay half of the purchase premium for electric cars. As the year 2009 when the cash for clunkers, the Federal Office of Economics and export control (BAFA) is responsible this time. There, online applications can be made. The practice will only show whether this task falls to the customer or the dealer. The volume amounts to EUR 600 million, it is ready until 2019. The funding comes from the Fund "Energy and climate fund". Waste of taxpayers ' money? Critics complain that taxpayers little goal leader here are distributed with the watering can. "Such a purchase premium not least means a subsidy of the automotive industry and represents a clear distortion of competition. Other industries and particularly the middle class have no public support", says about Mario Ohoven, President of the Federal Association mid-sized economy (BVMW). So far only rudimentary existing public charging infrastructure is in the line of fire. To promote the establishment of a network of charging stations, the Federal Government from 2017 to 2020 total wants to spend EUR 300 million. (rh)