News Digest Item
18 Jul 2018

Hundreds of Tesla buyers told to pay back government electric vehicle incentive

Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA)

Buyers of Tesla Model S must pay back government support they received to purchase the car, the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) has announced in a press release. BAFA estimates that its action applies to approximately 800 people. About 250 additional people who applied for the buyer's premium – but have not yet been granted it – will have their applications denied. According to the press release, the decision stems from a dispute between BAFA and the American car company over the fulfilment of government-determined criteria that must be met for electric vehicles to be eligible for the premium.

Read the press release in German here.

For background, read the CLEW article Federal government decides on 4,000 euro buyer's premium for e-cars and the dossier The Energiewende and German carmakers.

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