The purchase premium for electric cars and plug-in hybrids, which was raised last year, is to be extended until the end of 2025. Such a decision is planned for July or August at the latest, said a spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Economics in Berlin. The extension of the so-called innovation bonus, which is currently limited to the end of 2021, was decided at a “car summit” in November 2020. The doubling of the federal share in the purchase bonus has brought a significant boost to electromobility, said Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier (CDU).
State share doubled
In order to get more electric cars on the road, the existing environmental bonus was increased a year ago through an “innovation bonus”. Since then, new registrations of electric cars and plug-in hybrids have increased significantly. The federal government doubled its share of the bonus. The manufacturers also contribute to the premium. Electric cars play a key role in the federal government’s strategy to achieve climate targets in transport.
Peak power 230 – 300 kW
Continuous output 100 kW
Battery capacity 71 – 95 kWh gross
max. charging power direct current 150 kW (at certain Ionity charging points)
Min.charging time DC 5 to 100%: 50 minutes
Range (WLTP) 284 to 441 km (Sportback: 287 – 450)
Power consumption (WLTP combined) 21.7 to 26.1 kWh (Sportback: 21.2 – 25.9)
Top speed: 190 (e-tron 50) or 200 km / h (e-tron 55)
Trunk volume: 660 to 1725 liters (Sportback: 615 to 1665)
Base prices (as of January 2021): 69,100 to 81,500 euros (Sportback 71,350 to 83,750 euros)
With the doubling of the state share of the environmental bonus, according to the Ministry of Electric Vehicles, whose basic model costs less than 40,000 euros net, up to 9,000 euros can be applied for as a subsidy. For hybrid cars it is 6750 euros. For electric vehicles above a net list price of 40,000 euros, there is funding of up to 7,500 euros for purely electric vehicles and up to 5,625 euros for plug-in hybrid cars. The applications are processed by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control.
In the first half of 2021, more premiums were used than in the whole of last year, a total of 1.25 billion euros, according to Altmaier. “There will be record funding for electric cars this year. That is why we in the coalition decided to continue funding until the end of 2025 so that the market ramp-up for electromobility continues to gain momentum.” From January to the end of June 2021, funding was requested for around 274,000 vehicles. “This is a strong signal for climate protection and shows the population’s sustained increase in interest in electric vehicles.” A total of 693,601 vehicles have been applied for since the start of funding in 2016 as of July 1.
Promotion of wall boxes
The level of interest in electrified drives is also shown by the response to funding for wallboxes. Since November 2020, these charging stations have been subsidized with a flat rate of 900 euros from the Reconstruction Loan Corporation. No new applications are currently being accepted because the budget has been exhausted. Federal Transport Minister Scheuer wants to ensure that the funding pot is increased.