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Apply for funding for electrically powered vehicles (environmental bonus)


The sale of new electrically powered vehicles is promoted with an environmental bonus.

An environmental bonus of EUR 4,000 is granted to you for the purchase

  • a purely electrically powered vehicle,
  • a fuel cell vehicle, or
  • another vehicle that does not cause local CO2 emissions while driving

An environmental bonus of EUR 3,000 is granted to you for the purchase

  • an externally rechargeable hybrid electric vehicle (plug-in hybrid),
  • a vehicle that produces less than 50 g of CO2 emissions per km.

The environmental bonus is intended to promote the acceptance of electromobility. Half of it is provided by the Federal Government and half by industry. This benefit information only deals with the federal share of the environmental bonus.

Eligible to apply for the environmental bonus are:

  • Individuals
  • Enterprise
  • Foundations
  • Bodies
  • Clubs

The following are not eligible to apply:

  • the federal government and the federal states as well as their institutions and municipalities,
  • car manufacturers participating in the financing of the environmental bonus, and
  • its subsidiaries, and
  • all other subsidiaries of the car manufacturer's parent company over which that parent company may exercise, directly or indirectly, dominant influence;
  • applicants whose assets have been the subject of insolvency proceedings,
  • The same applies to applicants and, if the applicant is a legal person, to the owner of the legal person who have submitted or are obliged to provide asset information in accordance with § 802c of the Code of Civil Procedure or § 284 of the Tax Code.

Requirements for funding:

  • The vehicle model must be on the list of eligible vehicles.
  • It must be a new vehicle that is registered for the first time.
  • The acquisition (purchase or leasing) as well as the first registration must have taken place from 18 May 2016.
  • The vehicle must be registered to the applicant in Germany and must remain registered for at least six months.
  • If you apply for the federal share of the environmental bonus, the car industry's share of the environmental bonus must have already been paid. This is determined by the BAFA by comparing your acquisition costs with the net list prices of the respective basic models available to the Office.

Further requirements can be found in the funding guideline.

The funding will take place until the full disbursement of the federal funds earmarked for this purpose in the amount of EUR 600 million and ends on 30 June 2019 at the latest.

Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA)
Unit 422
Frankfurter Str. 29–35
D-65760 Eschborn

Phone: 06196 908-1009

The promotion of the federal share of the environmental bonus takes place in a two-stage process.

Stage 1 (application)

  • Please submit the application electronically using the online form provided above on the portal of the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control.
  • When applying, you must upload the purchase or leasing contract or the binding order of the vehicle on the online portal.
  • After examining the application, you will receive a notification of funding.

2nd level (where-used)

  • You must then prove electronically that the vehicle has been used in accordance with the requirements of the Funding Directive.
  • To do this, you must upload the invoice and proof of registration of the vehicle (registration certificate Part I and II) to the online portal of the Federal Office.
  • The new vehicle must be registered no later than nine months after receipt of the grant notice.
  • A maximum of 10 months may elapse between receipt of the grant notice and receipt of the proof of use by the BAFA.
  • After a positive review by the Federal Office, the federal share of the environmental bonus will be paid out to the account you have specified.

All further details on the procedure can be found in the funding guideline.

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

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