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This is how electric car drivers earn extra money

Do it like Tesla: Do good – and collect double Therefore! This motto applies from January 1, 2022 for all owners of an electric car. Because Tesla is not only a pioneer in the market for all-electric cars. The US manufacturer earns millions with emissions trading. Just like Tesla, private electric car owners and lessees can do it too. There is no fortune in it, but one three-digit sum per year, which is conveniently transferred to the e-car owner’s account. The best thing about it: You hardly have to do anything for it.
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BMW iX xDrive50

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Basis for this new additional earnings is the “law for the further development of the Greenhouse gas reduction quota“, which will come into force in 2022. It is about the Avoidance of carbon dioxide (CO2): Who more CO2 saves than it actually ejects financially rewarded. Who, on the other hand, has more CO2 ejects, must Penalty fees counting. This applies above all to industry, such as large producers of fossil fuels such as Shell or BP.

Pollution rights are tradable

Now many companies that cause very high emissions are buying themselves free by acquiring “pollution rights” from other market participants. These Pollution rights are called emission certificates. Just recently, Tesla’s revenue from the sale of these certificates was high enough to compensate for the loss of its core business! With the new law, private individuals are now on the same level as large companies in Germany. In addition to a promotional bonus, vehicle tax exemption, special depreciation and other bonuses, there is another one state subsidy for e-car owners.
Electric car with plug

Older electric cars can also apply for the premium.


From January 1, 2022, owners of an electric car, whether bought or leased, will be able to use their Selling certificates on the open market. However, there is no point calling Shell & Co. directly. As a rule, companies do not negotiate with individuals. Of the Instead, trading takes place through intermediaries. Although they collect a commission, they bundle many certificates and can thus negotiate better. Hybrids, plug-in hybrids, natural gas and hydrogen cars are unfortunately excluded, but operators of charging stations can also turn their certificates into cash.

How electric car owners contact a trading platform

There is very little to do: To apply for approval from the Federal Environment Agency, electric car owners only need to scan the vehicle registration document (registration certificate part 1) and upload it to one of the platforms that market GHG quotas. You must of course also provide your bank details. You can pay for each vehicle. Important: Anyone who has bought a used electric car will not receive a bonus that has already been paid for the year!

There are these intermediary platforms:

These exchanges for emissions trading exist

How much do you earn at emobia?

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The emobia platform is specifically aimed at private electric car owners. There are two tariff models: The Flex tariff is adjusted to the fluctuating greenhouse gas reduction quota; it is currently 355 euros. But it can also be as little as 150 or up to 580 euros. Of the Fixed tariff is lower, but remains stable: This pays the owner 268 euros annually. In truth, the revenues are higher in each case, but emobia collects 20 percent as commission (the practice is similar with its competitors). It doesn’t matter what the annual mileage is. You scan the vehicle registration document, upload it and provide the bank details. The exam is completed after two weeks at the latest.

What makes Maingau energy different?

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The energy supplier Maingau-Energie also has an offer for private emissions trading with electric car certificates. There is only one tariff: a flat rate of 260 euros, which is paid out annually. The electricity supplier promises that the payment will be made about three weeks after the application is submitted. Anyone who is a Maingau-Energie customer can apply for marketing immediately. Everyone else will have to wait until January 1, 2022.

What are the catches of Geld-fue-Eauto?

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Together Strom GmbH in Hamburg offers 300 euros annually, depending on the vehicle class, it can be more. The offer is capped for cars with electric drive. That is the risk for participants: if the market continues to develop, and this is to be expected due to the legally anchored increase in the GHG quota, the proceeds for the provider could increase. Then the platform siphons off the excess profit. Owners must observe this and give notice in good time.

What additional discount does Mobilityhouse offer?

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The Mobilityhouse company markets wallboxes, among other things. So it makes sense to sell the GHG quota for wallbox buyers at the same time. The platform offers 250 euros a year for this. Mobilityhouse makes the deal appealing to owners of electric cars by offering a discount of 50 euros for the purchase of a wallbox.

How does Fainergy round off its offer?

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Do good and talk about it: Fairnergy wants to stand out from the competition by using part of the commission from the GHG sale for charitable purposes. The company intends to spend six percent of the current quota per electric vehicle – this currently corresponds to EUR 26.64 – to build solar systems for private houses in Bangladesh. Users can also increase the share of donations as they wish. The earnings for the customer are at least 275 euros, promises Fairnergy.


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