Status: 08.12.2023, 16:30 PM
By: Simon Mones
Due to an unconstitutional supplementary budget, the promotion of electric cars is faltering. The impact could be severe. But there is a glimmer of hope.
By 2030, 15 million electric cars are expected to be on the road in Germany. This ambitious goal has been formulated by the traffic light coalition of SPD, FDP and the Greens. To ensure that this works, the electric vehicles will continue to be subsidised by the environmental bonus until the end of 2024. But currently, the future of the premium is more uncertain than ever.
The reason for this is the budget crisis. The Federal Constitutional Court recently ruled that the second supplementary budget for 2021 is unconstitutional. The planned allocation of 60 billion euros to the Climate and Transformation Fund is therefore null and void. A supplementary budget was therefore also necessary for 2023. The federal government is still wrestling with the federal budget for the coming year. A vote in the Bundestag will not take place until the new year.
Federal Ministry of Finance imposes budget freeze: Future of environmental bonus for electric cars still unclear
On 21 November, the Federal Ministry of Finance had already ordered an immediate budget freeze. This means that no new financial commitments may currently be made that are linked to payments for the years from 2024 onwards. This measure was necessary "to avoid further pre-burdens for future budget years", as a spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWK) said in response to a request from 24auto.de of IPPEN. MEDIA explained.
If you want to buy an electric car, you may have to do without © the environmental bonus as early as 2024 epd/Imago
As a result, the environmental bonus for electric cars is also in jeopardy. Whether and how things will continue is unclear and depends on the negotiations of the Federal Government. "Please understand that we are not yet able to make any statements about individual programmes and measures. We are aware of the pressing issues and the BMWK is working at full speed to find solutions as quickly as possible," said the spokeswoman for the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Federal Office of Economics and Export Control stops subsidy programs for 2023: Environmental bonus for electric cars not affected
For drivers who want to switch to an electric car, this is another setback. At 2024,4 euros, the funding in 500 would already be significantly lower than this year. 3,000 euros come from the federal government. The manufacturers pay 1,500 euros.
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At least there is good news: If you get your electric car in December, you don't have to worry about the subsidy. Although nine subsidy programs will be stopped with immediate effect by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (Bafa), the subsidy for electric cars is not among them. If the car industry has its way, the Gekder should continue to be paid after 2024.