Support for plug-in hybrids only until the end of 2022

The Federal Ministry of Economics wants to completely abolish the funding for plug-in hybrids (PHEV) earlier than planned. Contrary to what is stipulated in the coalition agreement, from the end of 2022 there will no longer be any subsidies for vehicles with combustion engines and externally chargeable electric motors.

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Dacia Spring

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Smart EQ Fortwo

smart fortwo coupé EQ; Costs per month according to ADAC: 382 euros

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Renault Twingo Electric Vibes

Renault Twingo Electric; Cost per month according to ADAC: 396 euros

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Fia 500 electric

Fiat 500e; Costs per month according to ADAC: 445 euros (23.8 kWh)

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e. Go Life Next

E. Go Mobile Life; Costs per month according to ADAC: 483 euros (21.5 kWh)

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Opel Corsa-e

Opel Corsa-e; Costs per month according to ADAC: 491 euros

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Renault Zoe R110 ZE 40

Renault Zoe; Costs per month according to ADAC: 505 euros (Zoe Life, 41 kWh)

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Mini Cooper SE

Mini Cooper SE 3-door; Costs per month according to ADAC: 514 euros

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Peugeot e-208; Cost per month according to ADAC: 524 euros

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Nissan Leaf

Nissan Leaf: costs per month according to ADAC: 546 euros (40 kWh)

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VW ID.3: Costs per month according to ADAC: 555 euros (58 kWh)

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Peugeot 2008 e GT

Peugeot e-2008; Costs per month according to ADAC: 560 euros

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Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai Kona Electric; Costs per month according to ADAC: 562 euros (39.2 kWh)

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Opel Mokka-e

Opel Mokka-e; Costs per month according to ADAC: 563 euros

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Citroën ë-C4

Citroën e-C4; Costs per month according to ADAC: 563 euros

RRP from EUR 34,640, savings: up to EUR 11,437

Habeck: “More focus on climate protection when it comes to funding”

“In our opinion, plug-in hybrids are marketable and no longer need public funding,” said Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) of the Funke media group. The “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” had previously reported on the project. In addition, the subsidy for purely electric cars is to be gradually reduced, as Habeck confirmed. “We want to sharpen the focus in the future promotion of e-cars and focus more on climate protection,” said the Green politician. The proposals should now go to departmental coordination within the federal government.

Mixed reactions to end of funding in 2022

While environmental groups described the end of funding for plug-in hybrids as “targeted” and “overdue”, there was already headwind from the coalition partner FDP: “Every electrically operated vehicle contributes to achieving the climate goals. We have to switch to such vehicles like this as attractive as possible and promote these vehicles accordingly,” said Bernd Reuther, spokesman for the Liberal parliamentary group on transport policy.

Toyota RAV4 Plug-In Hybrid

The federal government will soon pull the plug on the plug-in hybrid subsidy.

Up to 6750 euros subsidy for plug-in hybrid models

There is currently an environmental bonus of 4500 euros from the state for plug-in hybrid models (PHEV) up to a net basic price of 40,000 euros, the manufacturers add half the amount of 2250 euros up to a total of 6750 euros. For PHEV up to 65,000 euros there is still a total of 5625 euros in funding.

That’s how high the environmental bonus is


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Long delivery times could become a problem

The planned decision could already become a problem for prospective buyers of plug-in hybrids. Because the approval of the vehicle is decisive for the approval of the subsidy by the responsible Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA). And given the long delivery times, there could be a shortage of electrified cars in particular.

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However, Habeck rejected demands from the industry to link the subsidy to the time of purchase. “We discussed that, but we have to stick to the fact that vehicle registration must remain the relevant point in time,” he told the Funke newspapers. “The susceptibility to abuse is too high if the time of the contract is what counts and not the approval.” He thinks it would be “helpful if the car manufacturers themselves compensated for the difference that can arise as a result of the longer delivery times”.

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New plug-in hybrids (2020, 2021 and 2022)

Coalition agreement provides for tightening

According to the traffic light coalition agreement, the innovation bonus in the new year should only be given to vehicles “that have a proven positive climate protection effect, which is only defined by an electric proportion of driving and a minimum electric range”. This minimum range is defined there as 80 kilometers from August 1, 2023. Critics have long held that plug-in hybrids are only environmentally friendly on paper.

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