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09.05.2019

Extension of tax incentives for electric vehicles would be an important signal

Bad Homburg. The Association of International Motor Vehicle Manufacturers welcomes the proposals presented by the Federal Ministry of Finance for tax incentives for electric mobility. VDIK President Reinhard Zirpel said: "An extension of tax incentives for e-cars until 2030 would be an important signal to potential e-car buyers. Those who purchase an electric vehicle as a company car in the next ten years can be sure that they will only have to pay tax on half of the list price."

In addition, an overall concept of the Federal Government for the future promotion of electric mobility in Germany is necessary. In addition to the taxation of company cars, these include the significant extension of the environmental bonus and the exemption from motor vehicle tax. In addition, the charging infrastructure must be further promoted. In the private sector, hurdles in tenancy and condominium law would have to be dismantled.

"International manufacturers have already launched a large number of electric models in Germany in recent years. Of the top ten best-selling electric cars in Germany, five come from international manufacturers, as do the best-selling ones. Our member companies thus make a decisive contribution to the rapid growth of the electric car market in Germany. They will continue to expand their diverse range with new models," said Zirpel.

Anyone who uses a company car privately usually has to pay tax on this advantage at one percent of the list price (1 percent regulation). For electric vehicles, the tax base, which also affects the taxation of the distance to the workplace, has been halved. However, the regulation was limited in time until the end of 2021 and, according to the Federal Ministry of Finance, will in future apply until 2030. In addition, a special depreciation for electric delivery vehicles, the continuation of the tax advantages for electric charging at the employer and trade tax relief are proposed.