In November 2019, representatives of the auto industry and the federal government agreed at an automotive summit at the Foreign Ministry to reward buyers of electric cars with a higher purchase premium. About two billion euros from the federal budget are available for the increased environmental bonus for 2025.
Up to 6,000 euros of environmental bonus, but when?
Instead of 4,000 euros for the purchase of an electric car and 3,000 euros for the purchase of a plug-in hybrid model, new rates should apply from 2020. At the top, a premium of up to 6,000 euros is possible for cars without combustion engine and up to 4,500 euros for a plug-in hybrid. The automaker and the state each take 50 percent of this. But no one really knows when the directive on the promotion of electric vehicles will actually be changed. It could be today, a week from now, or much later.
And that has consequences. Because the corresponding approval is stalled somewhere between Germany and the EU, Germans are currently buying fewer electric cars. Hyundai speaks, for example, of a “remarkable reluctance to buy.” This is understandable from the customer’s point of view. Nobody wants to miss out on the most funding. That is why early car manufacturers have started to give bigger discounts on their own when buying an electric car. Renault, Nissan, Hyundai and most recently Kia have announced that they will reward electric car buyers more intensely than before. Also not to lose your own sales targets.
Hyundai announced that it would increase the manufacturer’s share of the environmental bonus by purchasing a Kona Elektro or Ioniq Elektro from 2,000 to 6,000 euros. So there is a whopping 8,000 euro purchase premium for these models. When buying an Ioniq plug-in hybrid model, Hyundai pays a total of 5,000 euros and, in addition, the Federal Office for the Economy and Export Control (BAFA) offers 1,500 euros, a total of 6,500 euros.
Prices minus the environmental bonuses granted by Hyundai and the state environmental bonus that the customer must request start at 26,400 euros for a Hyundai Kona Elektro, for an Ioniq Elektro at 26,900 euros and for a Hyundai Ioniq plug-in hybrid at 25,500 euros.
Also interesting: for the 2020 model year Kona Elektro, there is currently a warranty of eight instead of the normal five years, with no mileage limit. The battery alone is limited to 160,000 kilometers.
Hyundai’s sister brand, Kia, of course, doesn’t let the butter get out of the bread and, for its part, offers a bigger environmental bonus. However, only for two models without a combustion engine. Anyone who buys the Kia Stromer e-Niro or e-Soul already receives the new purchase voucher of 6,000 euros today. Kia pays 4,000 euros, from BAFA after the request 2,000 euros more. If the environmental bonus increase is not implemented, Kia’s special campaign ends on June 30 at the latest.
The Kia e-niro with a 39.2 kWh battery currently costs at least 35,290 euros. The most powerful model with a 64 kWh battery is available at a list price of 39,090 kWh. You can buy the Kia e-Soul at a price of 33,990 euros (39.2 kWh) or 37,790 euros (64 kWh).
Anyone interested in a Nissan electric car can expect an exchange bonus of up to 8,000 euros. This amount is striking when buying a Nissan Leaf (battery with 40 kWh) and a Nissan Leaf e + (62 kWh). Nissan itself pays 6,000 euros, the state adds 2,000 euros upon request to BAFA. The van with an electrical box is also cheaper. In addition to the state environmental bond of 2,000 euros, Nissan guarantees another 4,570 euros per purchase.
Currently you can get the Nissan Leaf at a base price of 36,800 euros. The Nissan Leaf e + model costs at least 44,700 euros.
French automaker Renault is also increasing its environmental bonus payments for three models. “The delay in the state premium is no longer acceptable to us,” Renault Germany boss Uwe Hochgeschurtz said recently. Buyers of a new Renault electric model will therefore receive an environmental bonus increased to 6,000 euros with immediate effect. It also consists of a discount granted by Renault of 4,000 euros and 2,000 euros of public financing. This bonus model also applies to Renault until the increased BAFA bonus officially takes effect.
The new bonus scheme also applies to the Renault ZOE. The electric car was registered almost 9,500 times in 2019, making it the best-selling electric car in Germany. You can also insure the Renault Kangoo ZE electric delivery van and the Renault Master ZE panel van on more favorable terms. Optionally includes battery or monthly battery rental.
In the cheapest case, the Renault Zoe can be obtained for 29,990 euros, with a 41 kWh battery. With a 52 kWh battery you have to pay at least 31,990 euros. If you decide to rent a battery, the base prices of the two models drop to 21,900 euros and 23,900 euros, respectively. Depending on the annual mileage, you will have to pay between 74 and 124 euros a month extra to rent the electric car battery.
If you want to insure the Renault Kangoo ZE, you pay at least 35,604.80 euros including the battery. With battery rental, at least 24,775.80 euros is owed. In addition, depending on the annual mileage, there are between 69.02 and 116.62 euros per month. For the Renault Master ZE, the starting price is 71,281 euros, not including the purchase of a battery.
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