What helps?

In France, for the purchase of an electric or hybrid car, there are many tax and financial aids. The opportunity to give a brief overview of the aid available.

Are you looking for a plug-in or 100% electric hybrid vehicle? The French government has implemented several measures to encourage cars to abandon their old carsconsidered too polluting, for models advertised as more virtuous.

There are many grants today, and it is sometimes difficult to navigate between local and national grants and the various bonuses available. That’s why we offer you a short summary of the different aids if you are looking for an electrified vehicle, both new and used.

The ecological bonus

This bonus has been in force for many years and changes quite regularly. However, on the website of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, the scales are updated and it’s pretty easy to navigate with these bonuses unlike other aids.

Categories From July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 As of July 1, 2022
Electric vehicles (CO2 rate ⩽ 20 g / km) for less than € 45,000 27% of the price with a limit of € 6,000 27% of the price with a limit of € 5,000
Electric vehicles (CO2 rate ⩽ 20 g / km) for less than € 45,000
(corporation)
27% of the price with a limit of € 4,000 27% of the price with a limit of € 3,000
Electric vehicles (CO2 rate ⩽ 20 g / km) from € 45,000 to € 60,000 € 2,000 € 1,000
Electric vans or hydrogen vehicles (CO2 rate ⩽ 20 g / km) over € 60,000 € 2,000 € 1,000
Plug-in hybrid vehicle (CO2 rate between 21 and 50 g / km) from € 50,000 maximum and range> 50 km € 1,000 0

Used vehicles are also entitled to a bonus. The amount of the bonus is 1,000 euros for the acquisition (or long-term rental) of a second-hand electric vehicle (with a CO2 emission rate).2 20 g / km maximum).

The conversion bonus

This aid is much less obvious than the ecological bonus, because it conditions the scrapping of an old vehicle. This premium is valid for individuals and professionals and can be combined with the ecological bonus.

The conversion bonus starts with scrapping a gasoline vehicle registered before 2006 On a diesel model registered before 2011. The bonus is paid for the purchase of a new or used electric vehicle and can go up to 5000 euros. This is also the case for a plug-in hybrid vehicle (as long as its electric range is greater than 50 km) where the premium can go up to 5,000 euros.

Unlike the bonus, the conversion bonus can also affect a thermal car. The premium can reach 3000 euros. However, this only affects Crit’Air 1 petrol models emits less than 127 g / km of CO2 according to the WLTP cycle for a model less than six months old. For a model longer than six months, the emissions must be less than 137 g / km.

To benefit from the conversion bonus, you must:

  • Be domiciled in France
  • The taxable base of reference per unit indicated in the tax notice of your previous year’s income is less than or equal to € 13,489.

What are the steps to take to benefit from the eco-bonus?

There are two possibilities to benefit from the ecological bonus:

  • or the bonus is deducted directly by the distributor
  • where are you refunded if you request it after purchasing your vehicle.

The request for assistance must be made up to six months following the vehicle billing date. In the case of rent, the request for assistance must be made no later than six months after the date of payment of the first rent.

What are the steps to take advantage of the conversion bonus?

You have 6 months from the date of invoicing of your new vehicle to submit your application or, in the case of rental, payment of the first rental. Before you can submit your application to the dedicated website, you must have at least the following:

  • Certificate of registration (gray card) of the vehicle purchased or rented in your name
  • Old vehicle gray card scrapped
  • Bank details

If you buy your vehicle from a professional, they can, as with the bonus, give you an advance on the premium.

Other aids for electric cars

There are also many other aids to buying an electric or hybrid car, and some buyers often overlook them. However, they can be very interesting. For example, Bouches-du-Rhône is one of the most backward departments in terms of electric car registrations.

The department has decided to award grants of 5,000 euros for any purchase of a new electric vehicle (100% electric and non-hybrid) from 1/11/2018. This aid is granted no income conditions i it can be combined with the ecological bonus granted by the state, but also with the conversion bonus.

The Ille-de-France region offers aid to professionals who want to electrify their fleet. 6,000 euros may be awarded on eligible terms to companies eligible for the purchase of a light electric vehicle. This help can be combined with the eco bonus, but also with the conversion bonus. You benefit from assistance whether the vehicle is new or used, rented or purchased.

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