With the planned extension of the significantly higher Purchase bonus Stricter requirements for plug-in hybrid vehicles are planned for electric cars. “Plugins” are still eligible for funding, but will have to have longer ranges in purely electrical operation in the future – this emerges from the draft of the Federal Ministry of Economics for a new funding guideline, which was available to the German Press Agency. A plug-in hybrid combines an electric drive with a combustion engine.
As already politically decided, the significantly higher state e-car purchase premium is to be extended until the end of 2025. So far it is limited to the end of 2021. Last summer, the existing purchase premium (environmental bonus) was increased via an “innovation premium” – the federal government had doubled its funding for the purchase of an electric vehicle. Since then, new registrations of e-cars have risen sharply.
At least 60 kilometers range
The Ministry of Economic Affairs has now given the necessary amendment to the funding guidelines for the extension in the departmental coordination. According to the draft, it is a central instrument to further vigorously promote the market ramp-up of electromobility. In the first half of 2021 alone, over 258,000 vehicles were funded with the innovation bonus and around 1.32 billion euros were paid out.
According to the draft of the new funding guideline, the regulation on plug-in hybrid vehicles should be made stricter and focus on electric drives. With plug-in hybrids, either a CO2 criterion has to be met or a minimum range has to be given. As of October 1, 2022, the CO2 criterion will no longer apply and the requirement of a purely electrical minimum range of 60 kilometers will apply. From January 1, 2024, according to the draft funding guidelines, plug-in hybrids must have a minimum range of 80 kilometers in order to be eligible.
“Important and necessary building block”
Plugins are still an “important and necessary building block” and a bridge to the market ramp-up of pure e-cars, it said. The electric drive can be used in city traffic; conversely, the second classic drive offers consumers the necessary security for longer journeys when they make a purchase decision.
According to the draft, what is new in the funding guidelines is that so-called electric light vehicles should also be eligible for funding in the future. It is about light vehicles with electric drive that are required to be registered and used in city traffic, for example. In addition, relief for leasing vehicles is planned. (dpa-AFX / gem)
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