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Higher e-car premium: Which electric cars are now cheap


The Federal Government wants to subsidize electric cars more. This makes especially small vehicles attractive. Thanks to the discounts, a battery car now even slips below the 10,000 euro mark.

There will be significantly higher subsidies for the purchase of an electric car in the future. This is what the government and the auto industry have agreed on. This puts electric cars much closer to the price of conventional vehicles. But especially small electric cars benefit from the higher purchase price

Because in the future the promotion should depend on the price of the car:

  • For purely electric cars below a list price of 40,000 euros, the subsidy will rise from 4,000 euros to 6,000 euros
  • For plug-in hybrids it should be in this price range then 4500 Euro instead of 3000
  • For cars with a list price over 40,000 euros, the subsidy for pure e-cars will in future be 5000 euros, for plug-in hybrids at 4000 euros

The purchase premium is to be extended until the end of 2025. So far, the premium introduced more than three years ago was limited to the end of 2020. Customers should be able to claim the higher premium later this month.

The most important questions for buyers at a glance:

Who pays what?

The automobile manufacturers pay half the cost of the environmental bonus. The other part shoots the federal government. The manufacturers already deduct half their premium directly from the purchase or lease contract. Then the buyers have to file the application.

Where do e-car buyers have to apply?

The buyer must submit the application to the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (Bafa). This is only possible electronically on the homepage of the Federal Office.

Who can apply?

It may petition individuals, businesses, foundations, corporations and associations.

Which documents do you need?

Applicants must submit the purchase or lease contract in connection with the binding order in the online portal.

What happens after the application has been submitted?

If the application is approved, the so-called grant decision follows, ie the confirmation. At the latest nine months after receiving them, customers must have registered the car. To do this, you must electronically submit the invoice and the registration certificate Part I and II when purchasing. After successful examination, the federal portion of the environmental bonus is transferred to the account of the buyer.

Are electric cars now as expensive as burners?

Due to the higher premium, the price gap between the combustion engine and the electric car drops sharply. However, the electric cars are still usually much more expensive, with some exceptions. Thanks to the increased subsidies, many vehicles are now close to the 20,000 euro mark. An electric car makes it under consideration of the bonus even below the 10,000 euro mark.

How expensive the electric cars after deduction of the premium compared to a car with conventional drive, see the following overview. There are some current electric cars listed under 40,000 euros :

Electric car vs. Nitro

Opel Corsa-e

Price minus environmental bonus: 23,900 euros

With the sixth variant of Opel's evergreen, the Corsa is now also available in the electric version from 29,900 euros. With the new environmental bonus, the car moves significantly closer to the 20,000-euro mark.

Opel Corsa

Price: 14,055 euros

The Corsa with burners is still much cheaper than the e-version. It is available with three petrol engines from 75 to 131 hp and a 102 hp diesel. Incidentally, every fourth Opel on the road is currently a Corsa.

Peugeot e-208

Price minus environmental bonus: 24,450 euros

The electric variant has a 100 kW motor and a battery with 50 kWh storage capacity. That's enough for speeds up to 150 km / h and WLTP standard for 340 kilometers range.

Peugeot 208

Price: 15,490 euros

The Peugeot is also available with conventional drive. In the base of the burner has a 1.2-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine with 75 hp and is about 9000 euros cheaper than the e-208.

Volkswagen e-up

Price minus environmental bonus: 15,975 euros

The small car VW up has just received an update. Now the 83 hp (61 kW) electric car has a battery with 32.2 kWh and a range of 220 kilometers according to WLTP. After deduction of the premium, the car comes in the price range of a normal combustor.

Volkswagen up

Price: 12,960 euros

The combustion version of the VW up is only about 3000 euros cheaper than the e-version. That's a lot of money. But if you look at the significantly cheaper maintenance costs of the e-up, it is worth buying it with the premium.


Price minus environmental bonus: 23,900 / 34,000 euros

VW has just started the production of the electric car VW ID3. In the so-called First Edition, the electric counterpart to the Golf costs 40,000 euros. Later, the base version but then already from 29,900 euros to be. This would bring them to premium deduction in the range of normal golf.

V W Golf 8

Price: about 20,000 euros

Shortly after the ID 3, the last combustion version of the Golf was introduced. Prices are not known yet. However, industry experts expect prices around 20,000 euros. This would make the car with conventional drive only slightly cheaper than the ID 3.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Price: minus environmental bonus: 28,400 euros

Hyundai offers the Kona as an electric model. In the base with 136 hp (100 kW) with a range of 260 kilometers to WLTP.

Hyundai Kona

Price: 17,730 euros

Hyundai offers the Kona also with burners. In the basic version, he has a 1.0-liter engine to 120 hp. Priced, the Kona is still just under 11,000 euros under his electric brother.

Mini Electric

Price minus environmental bonus: 26,500 euros

The electric version of the Mini has a motor with 184 hp (135 kW) and a range of around 240 kilometers.


Price: 17,400 euros

With basic gasoline engine and an output of 75 hp, the Mini is still well below its electric brother at around 9,000 euros.

e.Go Life

Price minus environmental bonus: 9,900 euros

The e.Go Life slips in the basic variant priced with the new premium even below the 10,000 euros. This makes the electric four-seater the cheapest Stromer on the market. The range of the intended for the city Flitzer is 100 kilometers. The strongest variant with a range of 145 kilometers less a premium costs 13,900 euros.

Hyundai i10

Price 13,350 euros

Comparable with the e.Go is the small car Hyundai i10. It is powered by a 1.0 liter 67 hp engine. In terms of price, it is well above the basic version of the e.Go and about the same with the strongest e.Go variant

The automakers want to significantly expand their range of e-cars in the coming months and years. However, many of the new models come from the so-called premium manufacturers and are correspondingly expensive. So far, however, electric cars were only promoted up to a net list price of 60,000 euros. The new cap on the promotion is now 65,000 euros.

Some models are still too expensive for the new promotion . These include, for example, Mercedes EQC , the Jaguar I-Pace and the Tesla models S and X the Tesla Model S and Model X. The hydrogen models Mercedes GLC-F-Cell , Hyundai Nexo and the Toyota Mirai are priced well above the capping amount of 65,000 euros.

At the same time, models between 40,000 and 65,000 euros , which benefit from the new premium, are extremely rare. These include, for example, the Nissan Leaf Plus , or the Tesla Model 3 , as well as the higher-end variants of some e-cars such as the BMW i3 .

With the growing supply of e-cars, the number of registrations of e-cars is currently rising, but at a still low level. In August, around 220,000 electric vehicles were registered. With the higher premium, the federal government wants to promote another 650,000 to 700,000 electric vehicles.

To create the climate targets for 2030, the vehicle population of e-cars would have grown to seven to ten million e-cars in Germany by then. This emerges from the "master plan charging infrastructure" of the Federal Government. But once the government has set goals, which they then later cashed. By 2020, one million e-cars should already be rolling on the roads, it was said years ago. The government has long ago acknowledged that this goal will be missed.

An area-wide charging network is also regarded as a central prerequisite for the success of e-mobility. There are currently around 21,000 publicly accessible charging points. Therefore, it was agreed at the autogypt of the federal government that in the next two years, 50,000 new public charging points should be created.

Source: spiegel

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