GHG quota: Is there a holding period for collecting the bonus?

With the environmental bonus of up to 9,000 euros, local benefits and the GHG bonus, the electric car is becoming a business model for many. However, anyone who quickly resells the e-car will be deprived of the BAFA purchase bonus again – because the minimum holding period for a car to benefit from the state subsidy is six months.

The currently best electric cars

Selected products in tabular overview

Audi Q4 e-tron 40

Audi Q4 e-tron

RRP from EUR 41,900, savings: up to EUR 12,420 / best leasing price: EUR 89

BMW iX xDrive50


RRP from EUR 77,300, savings: up to EUR 13,386

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5

RRP from EUR 41,900, savings: up to EUR 12,280 / in leasing from EUR 234

Kia Niro EV

Kia Niro EV

RRP from EUR 47,590, savings of up to EUR 11,164

Kia EV6

Kia EV6

RRP from EUR 44,990, savings: up to EUR 14,069 / in leasing from EUR 274

Mazda MX-30

Mazda MX-30

RRP from EUR 34,490, savings: up to EUR 13,035 / in leasing from EUR 90

Mercedes EQS 580 4Matic

Mercedes EQS

RRP from EUR 97,807, savings: up to EUR 6,152

Opel Corsa-e

Opel Corsa-e

RRP from EUR 30,400; Savings: up to EUR 11,920.00

Skoda Enyaq iV80

Skoda Enyaq iV

RRP from EUR 34,600, savings: up to EUR 11,584 / best leasing price EUR 124

Smart EQ Fortwo

Smart EQ for two

RRP from EUR 21,940, savings: up to EUR 8,240 / in leasing from EUR 77

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

RRP from EUR 46,560; Savings: up to EUR 7,975 / best leasing price EUR 289.00

Toyota BZ4X

Toyota bZ4X

RRP from EUR 47,490; Savings: up to EUR 10,520.00

Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC40 Recharge

RRP from EUR 48,650; Savings: up to EUR 9570.00

Nevertheless, more and more vehicles with a plug are disappearing in neighboring countries after the purchase premium has been tapped. Especially in Scandinavia, for example, high prices can be achieved for Teslas when they are resold, so that a real business model has emerged. A number of German car dealers have specialized in brokering young used cars and often do business with foreign colleagues. The taxpayer who co-finances the state environmental bonus is the fool.

GHG premium independent of the subsidy premium

But what about the GHG premium? E-car owners receive this annual distribution, which in some cases amounts to more than 400 euros, if they participate in GHG quota trading. Is there a minimum holding period here as well?

GHG Quota Premium

GHG quota trading with Emobia

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At emobia you can collect up to 440 euros per year with your electric car. 350 euros are guaranteed. Those who refer friends can look forward to a bonus of 30 euros per person. Register now and collect your bonus!

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The answer is: no. The GHG quota is completely independent of the state electrical purchase premium. It is paid to the current vehicle owner by the intermediaries after registration in the relevant portal and submission of the vehicle registration document. If you report the e-car to the Federal Environment Agency, you will receive the corresponding subsidy after a few weeks of waiting, sometimes you need a few months of patience.

Renewed premium registration only in the following year

The GHG premium is always valid for one calendar year and can only be applied for and paid out again in the following year – in whatever amount. If the new car customer has registered his electric car for the GHG premium, the car is blocked by the chassis number in the event of a short-term change of ownership for a new GHG premium until the end of the current calendar year.

Overview: These are the top providers when it comes to the GHG quota


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GHG Exchange


Current market price 425 euros

Emobia guarantees 350 euros, the maximum payment occurs with optimal quota sales. If you recommend someone, there is a 30-euro friend bonus

Maximum premium depends on odds price; guaranteed minimum payout 350 euros; 15 euros advertising bonus, bonus applies to e-cars and e-bikes with vehicle registration

Up to 435 euros, guaranteed 370 euros for each e-car or e-scooter

Guaranteed premium 365 euros, consisting of 350 euros bonus plus 15 euros extra payment. Maximum premium depends on odds rate

Fixed amount of 300 euros within 24 hours + voucher that can increase the premium – or 275 euros + 25 donation to Sea Shepherd Germany; Flex amount up to 425 euros after 12 weeks, 40 trees are planted per registered car

Guaranteed price 275 euros or risk price 415 euros, payment based on the quota market

emobia donates 1 percent of the income to the Deutsche Umwelthilfe eV

5 to 15 percent depending on the market situation

maximum 25 percent; with the flex option 15 percent

15 percent only at risk price

The second owner can only register his vehicle with the Federal Environment Agency in the following year. This also applies accordingly in the years to come.

Holding period only until payment of the GHG premium

This means that an e-car owner only has to keep their car to collect the GHG bonus until the bonus has arrived in their account. For reasons of transparency and fairness, a seller should inform the buyer about the claiming of the GHG quota when the vehicle is handed over. The same applies to users of electric scooters or pedelecs.

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