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Germany to give citizens up to $10K towards a new electric car — doubling its subsidy

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As other countries cut subsidies for battery electric vehicles (BEV), Germany is doubling down.

As highlighted in a tweet from European automotive market analyst, Matthias Schmidt, Germany is literally doubling its stimulus payments for buyers of electric vehicles. In short, new EV buyers could receive up to €9,000 ($10,000) towards purchase of a new BEV.

The German government is increasing its contribution from €3,000 ($3,360) to €6,000 ($6,700). Manufacturer contributions of €3,000 ($3,360) remain in place.

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It should be noted that these incentives only apply to electric vehicles that cost less than €40,000 ($45,000). 

As a sign of the times, petrol and diesel cars have been left out of the German government’s plans. Like the UK, which is banning the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035, the German government is looking to encourage more drivers towards electric vehicles.

Interestingly, the German government is acting inversely to the UK. Earlier this year, in the annual budget, the UK government announced that it would cut its low emission vehicle subsidies. Something it has done three times over the last 10 years.

It’s not immediately clear when the new German subsidies will be in place, but Schmidt estimates that they’re due to commence in the new tax year, starting July 1. 

The new subsidies will be available all the way until the end of 2021.

Most importantly though, as Schmidt points out, with the €9,000 ($10,000) subsidy it makes low-end EVs as affordable as their combustion engine counterparts: “Price parity is here.”

EVs have often been criticized for being more expensive than combustion engine vehicles. However, with the improved incentives and significantly lower running costs, EVs just got a massive boost in Germany. 

Earlier this year, Tesla registrations in Germany were up 168% year-on-year.

Published June 4, 2020 — 10:05 UTC