It is commonly accepted that new electric cars are entitled to a government bonus of 6,000 euros (which will be increased to 5,000 euros after 1er July 2022), and that plug-in hybrids have to settle for 1,000 euros of public aid, an advantage that will disappear on 1er July. But this is just a simplification. In fact, government subsidies are indexed to CO emissions2 and are not conditioned on one type of engine. Thus, the bonus of 1,000 euros applies to models that emit between 20 g / km and 50 g / km, a category that only includes rechargeable hybrids. As for the maximum bonus of 6,000 euros, it is applicable to models that emit less than 20 g / km of CO2a category that until now only included electric models.
However, times are changing and a new generation of plug-in hybrid models is on the way. Manufacturers are equipping their models with ever-larger batteries. This obviously has the effect of increasing autonomy in electric mode, but also and above all of reducing CO emissions.2 standards, which weigh heavily on the average of vehicles sold and can lead to heavy fines if the thresholds set by the European Union are exceeded. Thus, we are beginning to see the market flourish for plug-in hybrid models that stick to the data sheet at less than 20 g / km of CO2.