Demand for purchase premiums for electric cars continues to be strong

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Demand for purchase premiums for electric cars continues to be strong


According to information from the German Press Agency, the record sum of 765 million euros was paid out in the first quarter of this year as part of the state purchase bonus for electric cars. The premium was applied for for around 128,000 electric cars.


A symbol of an electric car marks a parking space next to an e-charging station.


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A symbol of an electric car marks a parking space next to an e-charging station.


In 2020 as a whole, the total was 652 million euros. The federal government significantly increased government subsidies as part of the economic stimulus package last summer in order to stimulate demand. That costs the federal government billions. For pure e-cars below a net list price of 40,000 euros, a premium of up to 9,000 euros has been possible since then. The state share is 6,000 euros, the manufacturers give 3,000 euros.

Significantly more e-cars play a major role in the federal government’s climate protection program. New registrations have risen sharply recently, but gasoline and diesel cars still dominate the streets. Manufacturers are also dependent on massively more e-cars in order to be able to meet EU climate requirements. The industry is therefore pushing for more speed to expand the charging network.

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