Germany – 4,000 Euros purchase incentive
Since the summer of 2016, the German government makes an environmental contribution of 2,000 Euros to the purchase of a pure electric car, combined with the same amount by the manufacturer, corresponding to a total amount of 4,000 Euros. This bonus is limited to electric cars up to a value of 60,000 Euros. Electric cars are also exempt from vehicle tax for up to ten years. Since January of this year, users of electric company cars, which are also used privately, have been paying a reduced monthly amount of 0.5 percent of the so-called benefit-in-kind income tax on the purchase price of their vehicle. For other vehicles it is one percent.
A special tax bonus is also available dependent on the size of the vehicle’s battery. The list price value of the vehicle is reduced by 200 Euros per kilowatt-hour battery capacity up to a maximum of 10,000 Euros in 2019 and thus reducing the calculated list price of the vehicle and therefore the amount charged through income tax. This amount is reduced by 50 Euros each year and is currently planned to run up to 2022. Extensions to 2025 are however being considered.
France – up to 8,500 Euros when buying an e-car
France has a bonus-malus system (incentive/tax) under which vehicles with the highest CO2 emissions have to pay a surcharge – more than 10,000 Euros for the vehicles with the highest emissions. For electric vehicles, this in turn provides an incentive to buy: an ecobonus of 6,000 Euros can be claimed for the purchase of an electric car, but may not exceed 27 percent of the vehicle value. In addition, there is a scrappage bonus for older petrol or diesel models of up to 2,500 Euros. Combined, a total of 8,500 Euros of ecological bonuses are available for private consumers of electric cars.