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Promotion of electric cars

This is how you secure the state purchase premium

By 2030, the federal government wants 7 to 10 million cars on the roads that run on electricity. To achieve this, the state pays an environmental bonus for electric cars, fuel cell vehicles and hybrid cars with electric and internal combustion engines (plug-in hybrids). It is a grant that you do not have to pay back.

You can get it when a new electric car, fuel cell car, or plug-in hybrid vehicle Admitted to you after November 4, 2019 has been. Whether you have the car bought or leased doesn’t matter. You can apply for the purchase premium up to one year after approval.

Do you have yours Car bought used, the car must not have received the environmental bonus yet and at most approved for the previous owner for twelve months have been. The mileage of the car is also allowed a maximum of 15,000 kilometers be. The net list price does not matter for used cars: depending on whether it is an electric car or a hybrid, the lower subsidy rates apply to more expensive vehicles.

grantautomobileNet list price
5,000 eurosElectric car or fuel cell car

between40.000 

and 65,000 euros

6,000 eurosElectric car or fuel cell carunder 40,000 euros
6,750 eurosPlug-in hybrid car

between40.000 

and 65,000 euros

3,750 eurosPlug-in hybrid carunder 40,000 euros

For a new car that you buy or lease and that since June 4, 2020 or was later admitted to you, you can use the Innovation bonus claim. This is significantly higher, but initially only applied to vehicles for which youuntil December 31, 2021 receive approval. In mid-November 2020, a top group from business and politics agreed that this funding should be available by the end of 2025. However, the extension of the innovation bonus has not yet been implemented.

For oneused cars you get an innovation bonus if he Admitted for the first time after November 4, 2019 and from June 4, 2020 for the second time - namely to you. Here, too, the following applies: the car must not have received a premium and have driven a maximum of 15,000 kilometers. The innovation bonus for used cars is uniform: The net list price of more than 40,000 euros always applies.

grantautomobileNet list price
7,500 eurosElectric car or fuel cell car

between40.000 

and 65,000 euros

9,000 eurosElectric car or fuel cell carunder 40,000 euros
5,625 eurosPlug-in hybrid car

between40.000 

and 65,000 euros

6,750 eurosPlug-in hybrid carunder 40,000 euros

You can find out which net list price applies in the list of eligible cars on the website of the Federal Office for Economics and Export Control (Bafa). This authority also accepts the applications for the environmental bonus and pays it out. When awarding the purchase bonus, the first-hand method applies: if you apply for it online quickly, you will receive it early.

At Bafa you will also find the application form for the environmental bonus. You can submit the application as soon as your car is registered for you. You are not allowed to claim any other funding - for example from your state or your municipality - for your car.

The nationwide program will run until the end of 2025 at the most. If the funding pot is empty sooner, the program will also end earlier. A total of 4 billion euros are available. That is enough for around 500,000 pure electric cars or around 700,000 plug-in hybrids. For comparison: In the first funding phase from 2016 to the beginning of 2020, around 100,000 car owners received the environmental bonus.

The auto industry contributes a third of the innovation premium. Therefore, the environmental bonus is only given to vehicles from those manufacturers who take part in the process. But that hardly limits the choice: the list of eligible car models includes more than 300 all-electric cars, around 250 plug-in hybrids and one fuel cell car. However, it cannot be ruled out that the car manufacturers could get the money back through back doors, for example by giving you less discounts than usual.

To charge the electric car at home, you should purchase a special charger - a wallbox. We explain how to refuel your car cheaply with electricity in the car electricity guide.