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04 Dec 2017

Tesla removed from list of e-cars eligible for subsidies in Germany

Business Insider

Electric cars produced by US manufacturer Tesla have been removed from the list of e-cars eligible for subsidies in Germany because Tesla’s Model S was “too expensive” to qualify for the support, Business Insider reports on its website. A spokesman for the German Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (Bafa) explained that the base version without extra features of Tesla’s Model S could not be bought for less than the 60,000 euro price cap set for the programme. A spokesperson for Tesla called Bafa’s explanation a “completely false accusation”, arguing that cheaper versions of the Model S were in fact available and had already been delivered to customers in Germany.

Under the one billion euro subsidy scheme, buyers get 4,000 euros off their all-electric vehicle purchase and 3,000 euros off plug-in hybrids. Norway, which runs a similar scheme, has also considered removing Tesla from its list of eligible vehicles.

Read the article in English here.

See the CLEW factsheet The Energiewende and German carmakers for more information.

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