This was one of the promises of the candidate Emmanuel Macron during the presidential campaign of 2022: a low-cost electric car rental offer, with a limit of 100 euros per month. Still vague, the device begins to be presented. Here is the first practical information.
What if you could get access to an electric car for 100 euros a month soon? If the timing of the legislative elections puts any bill in jeopardy, the new government formed by Elisabeth Borne to start the second term of Emmanuel Macron as head of the presidency of the Republic begins to launch the train of reforms and implementation of the reforms promised by the LREM candidate elected on April 24.
Among these campaign promises was a new offer to encourage the energy transition to the electric vehicle, a rental offer called “leasing” to purchase a new electric vehicle at a low price. “We will deploy an affordable range of electric vehicles […] establishing leasing mechanisms to support the most modest households “, explained the candidate Emmanuel Macron on March 17 when signing his entry into the campaign.
With the rise in fuel prices, the transition from internal combustion vehicles (gasoline or diesel) to hybrid and especially 100% electric models is a bit more strategic and a significant saving for many households. It is still necessary to have the means to access these vehicles, which are often much more expensive than their thermal equivalents despite the large number of existing subsidies and various aids (ecological bonus, conversion bonus, regional aid, etc.). Price is still a very important obstacle when it comes to buying an electric vehicle. The observation is clear but cruel: the various aids have benefited mainly wealthy households and rarely the working class, but are directly affected by the rising price of fuel that weighs on many budgets, mainly for those who are forced to bring the car. go to your workplace.
What will be the conditions for renting an electric car at 100 euros a month?
If the scheme of the device still seems inaccurate in many respects, it is possible to relate to the statements made during the last presidential campaign. Only a few indications have been given about the potential beneficiaries. However, the details of the audience, but also of the models eligible for this device, will be closely examined. To maintain a rental budget of 100 euros per month, the models in question should not be legions. We can only mention the Dacia Spring, produced in China, and which today offers the subsidiary manufacturer Renault at 119 euros per month for rent with a first monthly payment that can be financed with existing public aid. Like any so-called long-term lease (LLD), the offer is limited to many conditions, including a maximum mileage that cannot be exceeded: 40,000 miles in 4 years. After 4 years, the rental agreement ends and you will have to return the vehicle. Be careful not to exceed the mileage and not to scratch the body of your Dacia Spring under penalty of penalties to be paid.
The same for one of the pioneering and star cars in the electric car market, the small Nissan Leaf sedan was offered for less than 100 euros a month but for a maximum of 30,000 kilometers to travel in three and a half years. Great abstinence roll! The Peugeot e 208, the 100% electric version of the Peugeot 208, has been a great success but is more expensive with the cheapest lease offered today at 149 euros a month plus an initial payment. In order to reach more models, the 100 euro monthly rental scheme promised by the government will therefore have to provide a substantial subsidy to reduce the total cost but also and above all this contribution to be paid at the signing of the contract and which can reach several thousand euros.
Who can benefit from this electric car rental offer at 100 euros a month?
Details of eligibility conditions for this future device have not been released at this time. If we follow the first indications given during the presidential campaign, the team around Emmanuel Macron had stressed that the offer of renting electric cars at 100 euros per month would be reserved for a certain audience, citing socioeconomic professions. multiply the kilometers as part of their activity), “young people” and a wider audience but in conditions of resources. For his part, Emmanuel Macron had mentioned in late April “couples who earn the minimum wage or a little more.” The plan could fund the rental of 100,000 electric vehicles a year.
When will the electric car rental offer at 100 euros a month be launched?
If the government wants to move forward quickly, however, the device will have to be integrated into an amending finance bill that will only be presented to the National Assembly after the legislative elections and the formation of this new one. assembly. “It will take a robust enough device for the French to benefit immediately,” said new Ecological Transition Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher, a guest on the France 5 C program on Tuesday 24 May.