Austria: Subsidies for company-purchased e-cars will be halved

Austria: Subsidies for company-purchased e-cars will be halved-subsidies

Although the Austrian Ministry of the Environment only announced in December that it intended to significantly increase the volume of funding for the purchase of electric vehicles and the corresponding infrastructure in 2022, the shock for entrepreneurs is now coming: the funding for vehicles purchased for business purposes will be halved! This comes as a complete surprise and is not officially communicated by the ministry.

The background is most likely the fact that more than 80 percent of the e-cars that have been registered in Austria to date are purchased by companies. Apparently, the Ministry now wants to promote the purchase by private. The funding height for private remains with 5.000 Euro namely the same high as in recent years. Here, the application for the funding pot 2021 is still possible, while those for the company has been stopped prematurely. Officially, the “complete exploitation of the funds” is the speech. The application for the program 2022 will not be unlocked from the beginning of February.

Therefore, companies must now be satisfied with half of the promotion of 2021. 2.000 Euro is still made for E-cars and fuel cell cars (financed half of the Federal Ministry and Automotive Importers), for plug-in hybrid and Range Extender with gasoline engine there are 1.000 EURO. The prerequisites remain the same: the gross list price for the basic model may be 60.000 Euro do not exceed, plug-in hybrid and Range Extender must have at least 50 km fully electrical reach. However, the subsidy for class N1 light commercial electric vehicles will not be reduced. For those with a maximum permissible total weight of 2.5 tonnes, this is still 7.500 euros per vehicle, for those over 2.5 tons 12.500 euro. The two-stage application process also remains the same: register the vehicle in the first step (you only need to enter the type of vehicle and an approximate delivery date), submit the application after delivery and payment. However, no more than 36 weeks may elapse between registration and submission of the application.

The target groups of the new funding program are clearly private individuals and small businesses. If the previous drivers of electromobility in Austria – car fleet operators and individual entrepreneurs – but by opposing press releases and disguise information from the heads, will not necessarily contribute to confidence in the new government. This will be reflected in the development of registration figures in 2022.

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3 thoughts on “Austria: Subsidies for company-purchased e-cars will be halved”

  1. Dear editors,
    the photo shows beautiful Budapest. Austria has a lot in common with Budapest, especially a lot of history. But it has long since ceased to be part of the Austrian Empire.

  2. And about the article, interesting, I haven’t read anything about it in Austria yet. However, there is not only support for buying e-cars, but also some tax relief for companies when it comes to depreciation and operation of e-cars. It is often criticized that this leads to overfunding and that private individuals are disadvantaged. In this respect, a withdrawal of company funding is entirely justified. in the 4th.In the fourth quarter of 2021, almost 20% of the new registrations were pure e-cars, and these high figures also justify a reduction in the subsidy over time.

  3. The whole e car promotion is to be questioned anyway. Both from a social and environmental point of view. Everyone and every e-car gets the subsidy – regardless of income and model.

    • social inequalities are increasing: e-cars are relatively expensive. A nurse or cashier cannot afford an e-car anyway, but finances the e-car subsidy through taxes.
    • On the other hand, the state also subsidizes a Porsche Taycan or electric second car for the primary or department head of Magenta with thousands of euros – which are really not dependent on these subsidies. In practice, the already privileged upper class in particular benefits from the e-car subsidies.
    • Cars are funded regardless of their e-consumption, weight and size. A fat electric car (with a corresponding battery) devours significantly more (rare and energy-intensive) resources and energy in production.
    • A Mercdes-Benz EQ needs much more space than a smart – which contributes to the soil seal. However, both are funded to the same extent.
    • Consumption: we are far from 100% renewable energy and therefore cannot afford to waste it. We won’t have them in the next few years either. A Porsche Taycan consumes much more electricity than an E-Smart. However, both are funded to the same extent.
    • It doesn’t matter whether you don’t emit any CO2 locally via the car (at E). The electricity (assumed to be 100% green in the example) is still consumed (more) and is missing elsewhere and we have to use fossil energies or nuclear power for this.

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