“Subsidized climate fraud”: criticism of purchase bonuses for plug-in hybrids


“Subsidized climate fraud”
Criticism of the purchase bonus for plug-in hybrids

A car with plug-in hybrid technology is parked at an e-charging station. Photo: Patrick Pleul / dpa-Zentralbild / dpa

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Cars with combustion engines and electric motors are also supported with the electric purchase bonus. The Greens think: Their benefit for the climate is quite small.

The purchase premium for electric cars has been criticized because vehicles with combustion engines and electric motors often benefit from it.

The demand for city off-road vehicles (SUV) with both types of drive including rechargeable batteries (plug-in hybrids) is increasing among German car manufacturers, as reported by the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung”. Their acquisition has been subsidized with up to 6750 euros since July. The delivery times for these models are getting longer, according to a survey by the newspaper.

The Green politician Cem Özdemir, chairman of the transport committee in the Bundestag, spoke of “state-subsidized climate fraud”. “Many drive almost exclusively with the fossil combustion engine and use e-mobility only to accelerate the start at the traffic lights,” said Özdemir as a justification. “That has devastating consequences for the credibility of the industry and for climate protection.”

In this context, the FDP transport politician Oliver Luksic warned that the auto industry would be “politically broken down”. He also complained about the “insanely high subsidies” and called for monitoring of how much the battery is actually used in everyday life.

According to statistics from the Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA), 21,188 all-electric cars and 20,127 plug-in hybrids were registered in September.


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