A new report by France Strategy, a government advisory body, recommends ending the ecological bonus for all and opting for more targeted aid. Explanations.
Were you considering buying an electric car while taking advantage of the ecological bonus? Hurry, because it could soon disappear, at least in its current form. This is what France Strategy, a consulting firm for Matignon, recommends. In a new report, the organization considers that the current mechanism of the ecological bonus is not satisfactory.
Among the brakes, the purchase price is too high, explains France Strategy. The additional cost for an electric vehicle varies between 10,000 euros (for SUVs) and 36,000 euros (for SUVs). A far too significant difference despite the savings made by opting for electric (from 1,200 to 1,500 euros per year depending on the model).
The organization explains that the savings made with aid for purchase, the slightest discount and the cost of energy only offset the initial additional cost with entry-level models.
A more targeted ecological bonus
Starting from In view of this, France Stratégie recommends reserving the ecological bonus for vehicles in this category. “This segment of entry-level electric vehicles on the new market could be a relevant entry point into the transition to electric, especially for low-income households, due to a significantly higher acquisition cost. lower than vehicles of the B segments and SUV C writes the organization. And add:
It (the acquisition cost) is around 10,000 euros for an entry-level electric vehicle, compared to 25,000 euros for a segment B electric vehicle and 36,000 euros for an electric SUV C, for the very category modest. The total additional cost of switching to electric power would thus be more than offset by the aid.
France Stratégie also considers that the aid schemes “ depend little on the conditions of resources with the exception of the conversion premium”. To democratize the electric vehicle, it is therefore necessary to further help drivers with modest resources, even if it means eliminating aid for buyers with more finances. comfortable.
Thus, France Strategy recommends specific support for low-income households, especially positioned on the second-hand market where the electricity supply is limited . At the same time, to address concerns about rising prices at charging stations, the body advises establishing “a framing of expectations on the price of electricity and the availability of refills, because uncertainty in this area can be a brake counteracting financial incentives”.
These new recommendations aim to give a boost to “the share of electric in sales which today is not up to its relative profitability”.
It remains to be seen to what extent the government will adopt the advice of France Strategy. There is also the question of the timeframe for implementing the new rules. Indeed, the government has already promised an increase in this bonus to 7,000 euros (against 6,000 euros today) for the most modest households. At the same time, the President of the Republic intends to deploy aid for leasing offers with the possibility of accessing an electric vehicle for €100/month. It will therefore be important to establish a clear plan to facilitate the transition. Because at present, the complexity of the systems put in place and the conditions for obtaining them also represent a barrier to purchase, specifies the France Strategy report.