Plug-ins sales gains speed in Germany

Plug-ins sales gains speed in Germany

Renault is a partner of the European fast-charging project Fast-E in Germany

Renault is a partner of the European fast-charging project Fast-E in Germany

Germany finally launched the incentives to buy plug-in electric cars, which was first announced in late April.

Let the sales...begin!

Incentives went on-line on July 2, but with thankfully the government as also made them retroactive from May 18 for those who purchased in the meantime, so those consumers will now only need to fill out the proper paperwork.

Incentives includes (details):

  • subsidy of €4,000 for all-electric cars and €3,000 for plug-in hybrids
  • exemption from paying vehicle tax for ten years (previously five years)
  • reduced tax rate of 25 percent on electricity for charging electric cars at work by employees
A list of eligible vehicles for the program can be found here.  Eligibility for the incentive is capped at 60,000 €.

As everything has now become clear, this summer we should finally see much higher sales growth return in Germany, as the recent "transitional period" definitely had a negative impact over the past couple months.

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – Through May 2016

Plug-in electric car registrations in Germany – Through May 2016

Although with the EV incentive's effect on the vehicle's themselves, the charging infrastructure is now starting to improve fast, with huge projects like latest Fast-E - 241 multi-standard DC fast chargers.

source: AFP via CCFA, hat tip to tftf