Purchase bonus for electric cars: Over a quarter of the applications not approved

More than one in four applications for the purchase bonus for cars with electric drive has not yet been approved. The approval rate for the 234,805 applications submitted by the end of July was 73 percent, as the federal government announced to the Bundestag at the request of the FDP.

The federal state with the lowest rate was the Saarland with 70 percent, the highest in Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia with 76 percent. Reasons for this are not listed in the answer.

“The rejections of funding applications for e-cars are particularly high,” said the FDP traffic politician Bernd Reuther dpa. “Therefore, the federal government has to get to the bottom of the cause here. As a result, it must not shy away from addressing structural problems and taking corrective action. “

The so-called environmental bonus has been intended to boost the sale of e-cars and plug-in hybrids in Germany since 2016. Since the federal government increased it sharply as part of the Corona economic stimulus package, the number of funding applications has climbed to a record high.

As announced by the Federal Ministry of Economics, the so-called innovation bonus – that’s the name of the currently increased environmental bonus – was applied for 19,993 times in July. Since the beginning of the year, 69,606 applications have been received Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) was placed, 78.6 percent more than in the same period last year.

So far, the state and the car manufacturer had shared the premium in equal parts, now the state has doubled its share in order to promote the ailing auto industry. The increased premium is valid until the end of 2021. Pure electric cars are subsidized with up to 9,000 euros.

Environmentalists criticize that plug-in hybrids are also subsidized with up to 6750 euros, since the electric drive does not have to be used with these. As the answer from the federal government shows, 85,782 plug-in hybrids have been funded since the start of the environmental bonus, making them around 36.5 percent of the total.

According to the ministry spokeswoman, reasons for rejecting an application were about double applications – i.e. cases in which a new application was made due to the increased funding amount. In other cases, for example, the applicant was not the vehicle owner as prescribed. It also happens that applicants did not submit missing documents and the application could not be processed further.

The industry service for electromobility Electrive.net mentions another reason: In the case of leased cars, sellers apparently have difficulties with formally correct proof that the manufacturer has granted its share of the environmental bonus in full. (With material from the dpa)


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