The decree governing the ecological bonus granted for the purchase of an electric vehicle was published in the Official Journal on Monday, December 7. It details the various aids offered by the government for the purchase of an electric vehicle, and for the first time reports support for the purchase of used cars.
The first lesson of this decree is the tightening of the ecological bonus for new electric vehicles over the next two years. The reduction in this premium had been expected for several months, but the Covid-19 pandemic had prompted the government to delay it in order to help the automotive sector resist the crisis.
The ecological bonus will be maintained as it is currently for a further six months, with a maximum premium of 7,000 euros for ‘zero emission’ cars under 45,000 euros, up to a limit of 27% of the price including VAT. For vehicles ranging from 45,000 to 60,000 euros, a premium of 3,000 euros will remain in effect until June 30, 2021.
After this date and until the end of 2021, the bonus will be reduced by 1000 euros, with 6000 euros of premium for vehicles under 45,000 euros, and 2000 euros for those whose price is between 45 000 and 60,000 euros. From January 1, 2022, this bonus will be further reduced by 1,000 euros, dropping to 5,000 and 1,000 euros respectively.
Note that it will be possible to benefit from the bonus in effect at the time of purchase if the vehicle is delivered within the following three months. A vehicle purchased in December 2021 and delivered after January 1, 2022 will benefit from the bonuses and premiums granted between July 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.
Electric cars will not be the only ones to see the aid which accompanies them be reduced, since plug-in hybrid vehicles will see their bonus of 2000 euros reduced to 1000 euros on July 1, 2021. Six months later, that is, say from the start of 2022, the ecological bonus on PHEVs will simply be removed.
The second-hand purchase finally supported by a bonus
However, this decree does not contain all bad news for future buyers of electric vehicles, since second-hand voitures zero emission ’cars will now be affected by the introduction of a bonus. The government seems to want to favor the transition to electrification in all its forms, while the second-hand market for electric cars is quite logically starting to be well stocked.
For the first time, a bonus of 1000 euros will be implemented for a purchase of a car that is not new, and this comes into force with immediate effect. However, this comes with several conditions. The first is to commit to keeping the vehicle for at least two years, whether it’s a long-term lease or a definitive purchase. The second condition is that the vehicle is at least two years old at the time of purchase or signing of the rental agreement.
The conversion premium can still make it possible to reduce the purchase price of its new vehicle, with however a tightening made. Currently, the condition to benefit from it is to buy a vehicle emitting a maximum of 137 g / km of CO2 according to the data of the WLTP cycle. After July 1, 2021, this ceiling will be lowered to 132 g / km of CO2 released, then to 127 g / km from July 1, 2022.