BUND criticizes coalition plans to promote plug-in hybrids

The Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation Germany (BUND) has criticized the coalition of the SPD, Greens and FDP for further state funding for plug-in hybrid vehicles. Jens Hilgenberg, Head of Transport Policy, said the German press agency: “The fact that the purchase of plug-in hybrids is to be subsidized without any specifications until the end of next year is a mistake in terms of climate policy.” Internal group misjudgments in component procurement should not provide any legitimation for this, said Hilgenberg with a view to material shortages in the automotive industry and long waiting times for customers.

“Any kind of purchase subsidies and tax benefits for plug-in hybrids must be reduced to zero,” said Hilgenberg. In the case of an intended limitation of state subsidies to vehicles that have been shown to have a “positive climate protection effect”, there is also reason to fear that electrically powered vehicles will be assessed across the board: “Here, at least clear specifications for size, power and resource consumption are needed, which would be even better It goes without saying that the tax money used should be invested in the expansion of public transport. “

Plug-in hybrids combine an electric drive with a combustion engine. It is controversial how much they are really driven in purely electric mode. Plug-in hybrids are often heavy SUVs with high real fuel consumption and the corresponding CO₂ emissions.

The coalition agreement between the SPD, the Greens and the FDP states that the state innovation bonus should continue unchanged according to the previous regulation until the end of 2022, in particular because of existing delivery problems for the manufacturers of plug-in hybrids that have been ordered. According to this, the funding for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids should be degressively and fundamentally reformed so that from 2023 it will only be issued for vehicles that have “demonstrably a positive climate protection effect”. The innovation bonus will no longer be required beyond the end of 2025.

However, it is still unclear whether there will be a state purchase premium beyond 2025. Because we’re talking about the innovation bonus. In the middle of last year, the existing purchase premium (environmental bonus) for e-cars and plug-in hybrids was increased via an innovation premium – the federal government had doubled its funding for the purchase of such vehicles, limited to the end of 2021. This contributed to a sharp rise in new registrations E-cars led.


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