In Germany, the state purchase premium for e-cars was reduced at the beginning of 2023.
How do other big countries handle it?
A comparison shows where e-mobility is being massively promoted.
Munich - Germany is one of those countries that are massively promoting electromobility.
However, the move away from combustion engines towards e-cars has recently started to stutter: at the turn of the year 2023, the federal government cut the purchase premium for electric vehicles, and it has become clear that in the future cars will by no means only be driven with electric motors.
In fact, new cars with petrol or diesel engines will continue to be sold in Europe for several years to come - and a sales ban from 2035 is still in the stars after Germany's veto against the EU's plans.
There is also the debate about e-fuels, which may also be used in the long term.
State funding for e-cars: Germany is not the front runner
Nevertheless, e-cars are more and more in the focus of German drivers and are included in the considerations when buying a car.
This is largely due to government subsidies granted to battery-powered vehicles.
Because e-cars are still significantly more expensive than comparable counterparts with combustion engines.
However, there is not only the purchase premium, there are also tax savings of several thousand euros if you decide to buy a car with an electric drive.
A comparison made by
shows how different government subsidies for electric cars are in five countries of the European Union - and Great Britain.
This shows that there are two countries in which Stromer are funded much higher than in the Federal Republic.
On the other hand, in Belgium, Italy and Great Britain there is no longer a purchase premium at all:
The chart makes it clear that electric car owners can save the most money in the Netherlands.
Purchase bonus and tax break: Netherlands most generous when it comes to e-cars
In order to be able to compare the financial events better, the market research company used a compact SUV as the database, which is probably the most popular type of vehicle at the moment.
In comparison, the fictitious value of the electric car is 39,000 euros, but as a net price - due to the different sales tax rates in the countries.
Further parameters for the calculation are a holding period of three years, and it is also a new private car.
What emerges from the evaluation by
: Germany takes third place in state subsidies for electric cars, behind the Netherlands and France.
The chart also shows that the top country has massive tax breaks, while Germany comes last in this regard.
This aspect is also the crucial point, because in this way over 11,000 euros can be saved in three years in the Benelux country.
Sales of electric cars: purchase premium reduced – registrations are falling
However, there is a reason why such high tax savings are even possible in Holland: Vehicles with electric drives are exempt from the high Dutch registration tax until 2024, the same applies to the “Motorrijtuigenbelasting”, which is due monthly, explains Auto Motor und
The KBA registration statistics show that the reduction in the e-car premium and the end of the subsidy for plug-in hybrids are having a negative impact on sales figures in Germany.
In view of the reduction in the environmental premium, there was a sharp drop in new BEV registrations in January 2023 compared to the same month last year: 13.2 percent.
In the case of plug-in hybrids, which were completely removed from the list of subsidies, there was even a decline of 53.2 percent.
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