After the state funding for electric cars abruptly ended, the car company Stellantis will briefly cover the entire environmental bonus for its private customers. The multi-brand manufacturer (including Peugeot, Opel, Fiat, Jeep) guarantees the full premium (up to 6,750 euros including the manufacturer's share) until the end of the year for electric vehicles that were eligible for funding under the previous guidelines. The company announced this in Rüsselsheim.
In addition, Stellantis wants to cover the originally planned reduced premium of up to 4,500 euros for electric vehicles that have already been ordered and are registered by their owners by February 29, 2024. The environmental bonus is granted as an additional discount in the respective amount.
At the weekend, the federal government unexpectedly and abruptly stopped the funding program for electric cars that was introduced in 2016. As of today, the responsible Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA) is no longer accepting applications. The authority confirmed that only the inventory would be processed. The funds for 2023 have already been used up, according to sources in the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The 209 million euros scheduled for 2024 will probably only be sufficient if the funding expires with immediate effect.
The customers are not left out in the cold, explained Stellantis Germany boss Lars Bialkowski, according to a statement. "We were very surprised at the decision to end the environmental bonus with far less than 48 hours' notice."