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Why we will now laugh at the Germans for their EV subsidy -

Since 2016, Germany has handed out 10 billion euros in EV subsidies. At its peak, you even received 9,000 euros in support when purchasing an electric car. But immediately, the German EV buyer will receive zero, no, nada more from the government. This is why.

Like the Dutch government, the German government thought it was important to encourage an emission-free fleet. Because from the German perspective, the EV was an indispensable part of the 'green transition that had to get off the ground in Germany'. In fact, the Germans wanted fifteen million fully electric cars to be on German roads by 2030.

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There is no need for stinginess with such lofty ambitions. And so the German subsidies were much higher than the Dutch ones (in 2022 still 3350 euros, now: 2950 euros). There was also no maximum to the budget. So there was no pot where the credo applied: gone = gone.

German EV subsidies up to 9000 euros

Provided that the electric car was not more expensive than 40,000 euros, the German government would cover no less than 6,000 euros of the list price in 2022. The manufacturer/importer added 3,000 euros on top of that. In total, as a buyer or private leaser of a fully electric car, you could handle 9,000 euros Environmental bonus (environmental subsidy). This way you could have an electric Volkswagen Up on your doorstep for around 11,000 euros.

The subsidy was reduced in 2023, although approximately 10 billion in EV subsidy has been paid out since 2016. Of these, approximately 2.1 million Germans have purchased the same number of electric cars, according to the German Ministry of Economic Affairs.

German EV subsidy completely scrapped

That was once, because the German government purchase subsidy has been completely abolished with immediate effect. This is a consequence of a ruling by the German Constitutional Court. In connection with sharply increasing financial deficits, the German government had decided to use unused corona credits for the green transition. However, according to the Constitutional Court, this is not allowed and so the German was left Finance Minister with an acute money problem.

And so the money tap for electric cars immediately closed. What remains is the 2,250 euros that the dealer or importer may still pay to the buyer or private leaser. This means that the Germans get 700 euros less than us.

15 million EVs unfeasible

As a result, the hitherto hesitant German EV buyer is really screwed. Moreover, the goal of having fifteen million electric cars on the German Autobahns and Federal Roads by 2030 now seems to be becoming a myth.

The German automotive industry (VDA) is not happy with the removal of the subsidy. because even with government support, demand for EVs has recently lagged far behind expectations. Green politicians and environmental organizations in turn are seriously concerned about the effects on air quality, CO2 emissions and the environment in general.

How much EV subsidy is still available in the Netherlands?

In the Netherlands it was decided for some time to maintain the purchase subsidy on new and second-hand cars (SEPP) in 2024. The Dutch SEPP pot for 2023 now still contains more than 23 million euros. That amounts to 35 percent of the original budget of 67 million. If you want to take advantage of it this year, you have to be very quick!

This post was last modified on December 18, 2023 11:47 am


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