2020 could be the year of the electric car. The political framework has been set for this, now the offer follows. The customer has a larger selection than ever before. The battery-electric innovations of 2020
Now it is important: If the electric car should ever prevail on the German market, 2020 is the year for it. Because the political framework has never been so clearly aligned. Company car drivers only have to pay half a percent on private use.
Privately used, electrified company cars only have to be taxed at 0.25 percent since January 1, 2020, provided that the gross list price is a maximum of 40,000 euros.
Taxpayers and manufacturers promote the purchase of certain electric cars with up to 6570 euros. The 10-year exemption from vehicle tax for electric cars also continues to apply.
The range of products on offer is growing, although there is probably justified hope this year that manufacturers will be able to show more than just pretty studies. In 2020, a number of interesting electric cars will enter the real race for customers. The car manufacturers are not following the hesitant interest of new car buyers. Sales of cars with alternative drives have increased in the recent past, but are still low compared to models with internal combustion engines.
For the manufacturers, it is much more than maintaining a niche or the image. 2020 is the first year in which fleet consumption plays a role. The new CO2 limit is not uniform but is based on the average weight of a manufacturer’s cars sold. At Mercedes for example, the limit is slightly higher than for PPE. Regardless of this, it presents all manufacturers with the major challenge of massively reducing fleet consumption very quickly. Otherwise, there is a risk of penalties that really hurt the balance sheet – and that per car sold, not just for each fuel sucker sold. To clarify: With just ten grams of CO2 above the manufacturer-specific fleet consumption, the manufacturer puts a penalty of 950 euros per car sold on the table. For the manufacturers, this is not about a few pinpricks in the balance sheet, but billions.
Hour of electric cars
This may be the hour for electric cars because with their help fleet consumption can be reduced quickly. Battery-electric cars and plug-in hybrids with less than 50 g CO2 / km count twice in 2020, in 2021 with a factor of 1.67, in 2022 with 1.33. The total discount from super credits is credited with a maximum of 7.5 grams over three years. In 2020, the manufacturers will look very closely at which cars are sold with which engine. They will use all the levers at their disposal to make a precise landing on fleet consumption.
The e-car plays a special role here, which prospective customers can definitely look forward to. Because if you still fluctuate, a test drive is highly recommended. Noise comfort and driving impressions alone is enough to convince people of an electric car, who in principle do not care whether they use electricity or fuel. If a comparable combustion engine, also due to the political steering elements, is no longer dramatically cheaper to buy than an e-car, then many a race for a signature under a sales contract could win for itself. A distant scenario, do you think? No, corporations such as PSA and Volkswagen are currently in the process of displaying corresponding offers. It is hard to imagine that this will have no consequences on the market this year.