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Promotion of electrically powered vehicles (environmental bonus) Approval

The environmental bonus or the innovation bonus promotes the sale of new and young used electrically powered vehicles. In addition, it is intended to ensure greater acceptance of electromobility in general. To receive it, you must apply for the environmental bonus at the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA).
Eligible are

  • purely electrically powered electric vehicles,
  • fuel cell vehicles,
  • externally rechargeable hybrid electric vehicles (plug-in hybrids).

Half of the environmental bonus is paid by the Federal Government and half by the manufacturers. The increase in the premium (innovation premium) is paid solely by the Federal Government. At this point, it is only about the federal share of the environmental bonus.
The amount of the environmental bonus or the subsidy rate depends on:

  • Type of drive
  • Type of acquisition: Purchase or lease (or from the lease term)
  • Base price of the vehicle
  • Minimum holding period

Environmental bonus for battery electric or fuel cell vehicles:
Federal share including innovation premium (net list price below EUR 40,000)

  • Purchase: EUR 6,000 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Lease term 6 to 11 months: EUR 1,500 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Lease term 12 to 23 months: EUR 3,000 (minimum holding period 12 months)
  • Lease term over 23 months: EUR 6,000 (minimum holding period 24 months)

Federal share including innovation premium (net list price over EUR 40,000)

  • Purchase: EUR 3,750 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Lease term 6 to 11 months: EUR 937.50 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Lease term 12 to 23 months: EUR 1,875 (minimum holding period 12 months)
  • Leasing term over 23 months: EUR 3,750 (minimum holding period 24 months)

Environmental bonus for externally rechargeable hybrid electric vehicles
Federal share including innovation premium (net list price below EUR 40,000)

  • Purchase: EUR 4,500 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Lease term 6 to 11 months: EUR 1,125 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Lease term 12 to 23 months: EUR 2,250 (minimum holding period 12 months)
  • Lease term over 23 months: EUR 4,500 (minimum holding period 24 months)

Federal share including innovation premium (net list price over EUR 40,000)

  • Purchase: EUR 3,750 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Lease term 6 to 11 months: EUR 937.50 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Lease term 12 to 23 months: EUR 1,875 (minimum holding period 12 months)
  • Leasing term over 23 months: EUR 3,750 (minimum holding period 24 months)

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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