Macron raises the “ecological bonus” to 7,000 euros

We are taking the goal of 100% electric vehicles in 2035. In an interview with the daily “Les Echos” on Monday, October 17, Emmanuel Macron renewed his support for the electrical sector and announced a series of new purchase pledges.

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that “organic bonus” will be increased from 6,000 to 7,000 euros for half of the households that buy an electric car, announced the head of state, whose arrival will be announced on Monday for the opening of the Paris Motor Show.

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“Because we want to make the electric car accessible to everyone, we will even raise the ecological bonus from 6,000 to 7,000 euros for half of the households, the most modest ones.”said the head of state.

These bonuses have made it possible to eliminate the electricity market in many countries, while still being much more expensive to buy than their petrol or diesel equivalents. But several governments have already lowered aid amounts.

Models up to 47,000 euros

In France, this bonus is valid for vehicles sold for less than 47,000 euros, either compact electrics or SUVs. Thus, public money subsidizes a type of vehicle that environmental advocacy groups refer to as ” scourge for the climate »: “large SUVs, even electric ones, therefore emit more CO2 than if lighter models had been preferred over them”, the WWF reminds us.

Because of its ceiling, the prize can therefore finance the purchase of a Renault Mégane or a Peugeot e-2008, but not a Tesla. Emmanuel Macron also asks that we strengthen “European preference”or the benefits of buying cars made in Europe.

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Mondial de l’Auto this year has a large number of Asian manufacturers, such as BYD or Ora, who want to launch their electric models on the European market.

“The Americans buy American and carry out a very aggressive state aid strategy”explained Emmanuel Macron. “The Chinese are closing their market. We cannot be the only space, the most virtuous on climate, to think there is no European preference.”.

Rental of electric cars for 100 euros per month for the most modest households was to be launched in the second half of 2023.

A tariff shield for electric charging stations

The tariff screen on energy prices will also be extended to include top-ups at electrical terminals, Emmanuel Macron announced. “Today prices remain reasonable, we will make sure they remain so”said the head of state.

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He also specified that 150 million euros of “Green Fund” would be “arrows” to Low Emission Zones (ZFE), to accompany these new bans on the circulation of older vehicles.

“What is unbearable for our countrymen is when they feel that the city is forbidden to them”said Emmanuel Macron. “We need to support households with the most polluting vehicles to help them change their vehicles and access the city center in partnership with local authorities and employers”.

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After receiving the automotive industry for dinner on Sunday evening, Emmanuel Macron intends to visit the show for a long time on Monday during the open press day, before the general public arrives on Tuesday.

In a complicated context for the automotive industry, and after a cancellation in 2020, this 89th World Cup has reduced sails. Organizers are targeting between 300,000 and 400,000 visitors this year, over just one week, compared to a million over almost two weeks in 2018.

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Without Volkswagen, BMW or Ferrari, this Mondial de l’Auto presents French and Chinese groups in majesty, while the industry is engaged in a historic shift towards electricity and crippled by a shortage of electronic chips. Car sales are at their lowest since the start of the Covid pandemic.

During this crisis, the government has shown the will to do so “Find the entire electric car production chain in France, from battery production to recycling”Elysée said.

Emmanuel Macron confirmed his goal of two million cars produced in France by 2030 against 1.3 million by 2021.

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