Possible end for e-car premium: industry warns of “breach of trust”

As of: 06/19/2022 4:10 p.m

Car manufacturers warn of the premature end of the purchase premium for e-cars – buyers can only apply for the subsidy once the car has been delivered. At the moment, however, there are long waiting times from the time the order is placed.

The Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (VDIK) has opposed the imminent cancellation of e-car purchase bonuses. “For good reason, in order to achieve the national climate targets, the governing parties in the coalition agreement announced the further development and continuation of the purchase premium for electric cars until 2025,” said VDIK President Reinhard Zirpel according to the announcement.

“The manufacturers of e-vehicles and their customers rely on it. An abrupt end to the e-car premium would therefore mean a serious breach of trust.”

Zirpel warned of a slump in the German market for e-cars and of increasing CO2 emissions from traffic. “The discussion alone about an end to the purchase premiums for electric vehicles is already leading to massive uncertainty. The federal government should end this speculation immediately,” he said.

Lindner: “Can save billions”

Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner had previously spoken out in favor of abolition. “We simply can no longer afford misguided subsidies,” he told the “Welt am Sonntag” – referring to both the promotion of plug-in hybrids and pure electric vehicles. “So far, the cars have been subsidized with up to 20,000 euros over their lifetime, even for top earners. That’s too much. We can save billions that we can use more sensibly,” says Lindner.

The ADAC demanded planning security from the federal government. “Against the background of the funding, many consumers have already ordered an electric vehicle,” said Transport President Gerhard Hillebrand at the weekend. For most models, the delivery times extended far into the coming year, so that the planned subsidy threatened to be canceled. “So far there has been no indication that the federal government intends to completely stop subsidies for new purely battery-electric cars from next year.”

Car must be delivered for promotion

Car buyers are currently having to put up with months of waiting due to delivery problems and high demand. In order to apply for funding from the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control, the car must already have been delivered and registered.

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