Apply for an environmental bonus for electric vehicles

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Information about Rights & Duties

The environmental bonus or innovation premium promotes the sale of new and young used electrically powered vehicles. It is also intended to ensure greater acceptance of electromobility in general. To receive it, you must apply for the environmental bonus at the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA).
Eligible vehicles are


  • Purely electrically powered electric vehicles,
  • fuel cell vehicles,
  • externally chargeable hybrid electric vehicles (plug-in hybrids).

The environmental bonus is paid in equal parts by the Federal Government and the manufacturers. The increase in the bonus (innovation bonus) is paid by the federal government alone. At this point we are only concerned with the federal government's share of the environmental bonus.
The amount of the environmental bonus or the subsidy rate depends on:


  • Type of drive
  • Type of purchase: purchase or leasing (or the leasing period)
  • Base price of the vehicle
  • Minimum holding period

Environmental bonus for battery electric or fuel cell vehicles:
Federal share including innovation premium (net list price below EUR 40,000)


  • Purchase: EUR 6,000 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Leasing term 6 to 11 months: EUR 1,500 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Leasing term 12 to 23 months: EUR 3,000 (minimum holding period 12 months)
  • Leasing term over 23 months: EUR 6,000 (minimum holding period 24 months)

Federal share including innovation premium (net list price over EUR 40,000)

  • Purchase: EUR 3,750 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Leasing term 6 to 11 months: EUR 937.50 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Leasing term 12 to 23 months: EUR 1,875 (minimum holding period 12 months)
  • Leasing term over 23 months: EUR 3,750 (minimum holding period 24 months)

Environmental bonus for externally chargeable hybrid electric vehicles
Federal share including innovation premium (net list price below EUR 40,000)


  • Purchase: EUR 4,500 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Leasing term 6 to 11 months: EUR 1,125 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Leasing term 12 to 23 months: EUR 2,250 (minimum holding period 12 months)
  • Leasing term over 23 months: EUR 4,500 (minimum holding period 24 months)

Federal share including innovation premium (net list price over EUR 40,000)

  • Purchase: EUR 3,750 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Leasing term 6 to 11 months: EUR 937.50 (minimum holding period 6 months)
  • Leasing term 12 to 23 months: EUR 1,875 (minimum holding period 12 months)
  • Leasing term over 23 months: EUR 3,750 (minimum holding period 24 months)

Further information

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Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Last update or date of publication
12.08.2021