There’s currently a wide effort to involve electric car incentives in recovery plans around the world and in Europe, it might actually work.
In the US, Democrats have been trying to include electric vehicles and renewable energy as part of the economic recovery packages, but they haven’t had much success.
There are similar efforts in Europe that appear more likely to go through.
The European Union is considering to help automakers with a stimulus package that would boost electric vehicle sales – leaving diesel and gasoline vehicles behind.
Bloomberg reported today:
— Christophe Barraud🛢 (@C_Barraud) May 19, 2020
The initiative would take several forms, including a potential EU-wide VAT exemption on electric cars.
The plan mirrors earlier comments made by Bruno Le Maire, France’s Minister of Economy and Finance when talking about helping automakers struggling due to the pandemic:
Nous sommes prêts à soutenir la demande automobile mais ce sera un soutien pour des véhicules verts qui émettent le moins de CO2, en particulier les véhicules électriques. #LaMatinale @CNEWS pic.twitter.com/CNRWfsgz2l
— Bruno Le Maire (@BrunoLeMaire) May 15, 2020
Le Maire said (translated from French):
“We are ready to support the demand for vehicles but it will be support for clean vehicles that emits less CO2, especially electric vehicles.”
France already has incentives for electric vehicle sales and the government official didn’t elaborate on what new incentives could be put in place.
The European Union has also put goals in place to reduce emissions in new vehicle sales.
Automakers have to produce and sell more electric cars as part of their lineup in order to comply with the government standards or they are subject to fines.
Some automakers have admitted not being ready to deliver enough electric vehicles to comply with the EU’s new requirements.
Fiat-Chrysler made a deal with Tesla to pool their sales in Europe in order for the former to comply.