Buyers of electric cars should receive less support from the state in the future. According to information from the German Press Agency from government circles, the federal government agreed on new subsidy rules.
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Accordingly, the subsidy for cars that cost less than 40,000 euros will drop from the current 6,000 to 4,500 euros. For more expensive e-cars there should only be 3,000 euros, from a purchase price of more than 65,000 euros there will still be no funding. The “Handelsblatt” had previously reported on the agreement.
The funding should therefore continue, but only until a total of 2.5 billion euros has been paid out. The subsidy for the purchase of plug-in hybrid vehicles is to be abolished at the end of the current year.
Plug-in hybrids combine an electric motor and a combustion engine. Tax advantages of electric cars in the company car regulation should be retained.
There had previously been a dispute in the federal government about the promotion of electric cars. Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) wanted to abolish the purchase premiums. Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) had proposed that funding for plug-in hybrid cars be canceled earlier than planned at the end of 2022. According to Habeck’s plans, there should be less money from the state for pure electric cars in the future.
In mid-2020, the purchase bonus (“environmental bonus”) that had been valid until then was increased by an “innovation bonus”. The federal government doubled its subsidy, while the manufacturers’ price reductions remained unchanged. This led to a run on the multi-billion dollar grant.