Hanging portion: How about the innovation premium?

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Hanging portion: How about the innovation premium?-euros purely electric drive battery

The purchase of e-cars has been funded by the federal government since 2016. The current innovation premium with doubled federal share is still valid until the end of this year, so only a good six weeks. That these should be extended by the end of 2025, although it was decided in November 2020, but this decision is not implemented. So where remains the promised new funding premium for e-cars? For the car dealer and the customer, the previously uneducated promise of politics is a big problem. And it’s about a lot of money ..

If you want to buy a new car, so is mostly the first click of the manufacturer’s configurator. Anyone who wants to assemble a plug-in hybrid or electric car will be confronted with the following reference to the environmental bonus: “The environmental bonus for electric vehicles, which are on the list of eligible vehicles of the Federal Office for Economics and Export Control (BAFA) , currently two-thirds of a state share (federal share), which is paid out by the BAFA, and one third of a manufacturer’s share, as far as the vehicle after the 03.06.2020 and up to 31.12.2021 is admitted (…) “- an exemplary excerpt from the configurator of Volkswagen.de.

What happens afterwards? The environmental bonus in its current form was extended until 2025. According to the political decision of the concerted action Mobility (came) of 17. November 2020 the additional innovation premium, which doubles the federal share, will be extended beyond the year 2021 beyond. However, it has not happened yet and the year is coming to an end with big steps. Why that is, you can speculate at best about it. The Federal Ministry of Economics had declared “car company” after reports of the industry magazine, the amendments to the vote in the individual resorts of the Ministeries involved. And this can be known ..

Hander and customers will help this little. If you can allow or allow your electric car only 2022, may need 3.000 Euro funding. At present, therefore, the following question arises: how do I manage to get my new car until the end of the year and to allow him at the same time to apply for the promotion? Especially since the chip crisis paralyzes the auto industry and, as a result, deliveries can also be delayed by a few months. You’re right: Not that easy at all… Customers aren’t the only ones who are puzzled, uncertainty is growing. For some prospective buyers, this causes reluctance. Dealers have it particularly difficult in these times because they lack planning security.

According to “kfz-betrieb”, the Central Association of the German Motor Trade (ZDK) is now putting pressure on the Federal Ministry of Transport.”Now it’s getting tight,” Christoph Stricker is said to have said from ZDK. And the ADAC also briefly commented on the matter in its own contribution: Transport President Gerhard Hillebrand is said to have appealed to the acting federal government to initially extend the increased funding by at least half a year. In this way, the new government can adapt future measures to the ramp-up of e-mobility. He also pleaded to align the amount of the innovation premium for plug-in hybrids at their electrical drive.

FDP boss Lindner provides PHEV promotion

The Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) and the Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (VDIK) judge the stricter specifications for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) planned with the extension of the innovation premium (PHEV). As it became known, the Federal Ministry of Economics has suggested in a new funding directive that 2022 corresponding PHEV should then only be promoted with the environmental bonus when they have a purely electrical minimum distance of at least 60 kilometers. The previously valid criterion of the maximum CO2-exotic of 50 grams per kilometer should be used to 1.October 2022. Already to the 1. January 2024, the minimum line width will even be increased to 80 kilometers – this tightening was originally planned for a year later.

The extension of the innovation premium should also be a topic of current coalition negotiations for the traffic light government (SPD, FDP, GREEN). FDP leader Christian Lindner had questioned the subsidy for hybrid cars to the “Rheinische Post”: “For example, we spend one billion euros in subsidies for plug-in vehicles that have no secured ecological benefits.“ Perhaps that is also one of the reasons for the delayed continuation of the current funding … Meanwhile, we are waiting for good news.

Basic information on the (still) current innovation bonus: It is based on the result of the coalition committee of March 3. June 2020 and is in line with the European Commission’s state aid rules. Subsidy rates for electric vehicles under 40.000 euros net list price is up to 9.000 euros for a purely electric drive (battery electric or fuel cell vehicle) and up to 6.750 euros for an externally chargeable hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The funding rates for electric vehicles over 40.000 Euro net list price amount up to 7.500 euros for a purely electric drive (battery electro or fuel cell vehicle) and up to 5.625 euros for an externally rechargeable hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

For comparison: Before it was 4.000 Euro for a purely electric drive and 3.000 Euro for Plug-in-Hybrid). The innovation premium can benefit – also retroactively – following purchased or leased vehicles: new vehicles, which after the 3. June 2020 and up to and including the 31. December 2021 to be admitted for the first time as well as used vehicles whose first registration after the 4. November 2019 and the two-place after the 3. June 2020 and up to 31. December 2021 takes place. More about federal government.de.

Sources: ADAC, Federal Government.DE, FDP.DE, vehicle operation, Rheinische Post, ZDK

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4 thoughts on “Hanging portion: How about the innovation premium?”

  1. From the article:

    “… we are waiting for good news.”

    The good news can only be: Finally with the current “environment” promotion of Phevs, nothing else is as

    • unspeakable waste of public tax
    • Aid for (formally legal) tax evasion
    • Sensile fraud attempt at the world climate

    Instead of the PHEVS should penalties first vehicles (L6E / L7E) are promoted and the entire promotion then after 2025 also (possibly. in 2 steps?) Just leak.
    Further control for climate neutrality then over the Consistent degradation of fossil tax privileges and further Attractive CO2 levies!

  2. The innovation premium is in principle “Left bag right pocket”, so more a zero sum game.

    From the 9.000 Euro come 3.000 Euro from the automakers and those most likely increased the list price, because the margin is not that big and from the 6.000 euros from the federal government, a part should also be tapped by the manufacturers via an increased list price.

    And the rest has been pulled out of the pockets of the majority of “small citizens” beforehand or savings are being made elsewhere on environmental and climate protection, so that the bottom line is that there is no climate benefit.

    As far as I’m concerned, the innovation bonus can be deleted completely. Instead, one should reduce the political obstacles and excessive bureaucracy for PV and wind power plants so that investments by private individuals and companies trigger a boost that does much better for the climate.

    Anyone who wants to save money on an e-car, he should buy one or more sizes smaller, that saves a lot of resources, a lot of fine dust, a lot of space in the cities and also a lot of green electricity during construction and operation. The green electricity will remain scarce for a long time, then the expansion was slowed down for too long.

    The pedestrian and cyclist-friendly remodeling of the cities makes this less hectic, quieter and in the residents of the future also cooler and more bearable by more vegetable green. The expansion of public transport and supraregional person and freight rail traffic vaining the fine dust across the country.

    Without an innovation premium, there should be more innovations and under the bottom line.
  3. PHEV is a predominant gift to the automotive industry and to the company car driver.
    As long as the purely electric ranges are not 80 km, a PHEV itself makes no sense for commuters with great distances (50-100 km simple route). Also often for PHEV low charging outputs (AUDI A3 only 2.8 kW) do not spur on recharging.
    Mercedes makes it with the C-Class before with up to 100 km pure electric reach.
    There is certainly better possibilities of ecological promotion.
    Summary: PHEV promotion completely abolish and BEV over 30.000 Euro list price also completely abolish.


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