Habeck plans penalty tax for vehicles with combustion engines

Finance Minister Christian Lindner wants to abolish the purchase premium for electric cars than planned It is no longer comprehensible that the state subsidises the purchase of electric cars while the manufacturers make billions in profits. To the annoyance of the Greens, Chancellor Olaf Scholz supports the Finance Minister in abolishing the misguided subsidy. That is why Economics Minister Robert Habeck is now bringing up a bonus-malus system for the motor vehicle tax. In doing so, Habeck envisages a penalty tax for vehicles with combustion engines.


EU agrees on ban on combustion cars from 2035

After long negotiations, the EU states have agreed to ban the sale of vehicles with combustion engines from 2035. To this end, the EU wants to lower the fleet limit value to zero from 2035, following the agreement of the 27 European environment ministers. The fleet limit value is a specification for manufacturers of how much CO₂ their produced cars and vans may emit during operation. Under pressure from Christian Lindners, the EU still wants to examine whether e-fuels can be classified as climate-neutral in the future. A proposal that met with fierce resistance from the Greens.

Habeck plans penalty tax for vehicles with combustion engines. Decline in sales of e-cars feared if purchase premium is abolished
Habeck plans penalty tax for vehicles with combustion engines. Decline in sales of e-cars feared if purchase premium is abolished
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Greens want to impose penalty tax on vehicles with combustion engines

The Greens fear a decline in sales and registration figures after the abolition of the purchase premium for electric cars. Therefore, they want to tax cars with high emissions even more than today. The economic policy spokesman of the Greens, Dieter Janecek said. “By taking greater account of CO₂ emissions in vehicle tax, we should ensure that newly registered cars with low emissions are in a better fiscal position than newly registered cars with high emissions. This has the advantage that it does not burden the budget”.


The penalty tax for vehicles with petrol and diesel engines demanded by the Greens comes up again and again at regular intervals, as does the demand for a speed limit. Actually, before the coalition government left office, the coalition government explicitly ruled out tax increases in the exploratory paper for the coalition agreement. In the coalition agreement itself, however, this passage was removed.

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