What bonuses and incentives are there to buy the electric car?

Electric cars - Photo by Rathaphon NanthapreechaStopping petrol, diesel and LPG cars in 2035 in Europe is an increasingly concrete prospect that will make many people choose an electric or hybrid car. To facilitate the transition to greener mobility, there are a number of bonuses and incentives: In addition to the best-known, auto eco-bonus, a number of regional offers also help citizens and businesses buy electric cars.

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According to the latest EY Mobility Consumer Index, over 70% of Italians planning to buy a car will choose the electric one. This is not a trivial number, especially as it places Italy at the top of the global rankings.

The EY index, which analyzes the main changes in consumer habits in the mobility sector, places Italy as the leading country in Europe in terms of the use of electric vehicles (73% of respondents are actually willing to buy an electric vehicle), followed by Spain (62%), Norway (61%), Sweden (52%), Great Britain (49%), France (48%), the Netherlands (46%) and Germany (45%).

Percentages that also exceed those outside the EU: On the Asian continent, the most prone to electric cars are China (69%) and South Korea (63%). At the bottom of the rankings is the United States (29%) with the lowest percentage in the survey examined.

When we return to Italy, the preference for electric vehicles is dictated not only by ecological problems, but also by the evolution of legislation – with the EU ready to remove polluting cars by 2035 – and by existing bonuses.

Why buy an electric car?

In addition to sustainability considerations savings this is probably one of the main reasons why an increasing number of consumers in Italy have bought (or intend to buy) an electric car.

With diesel and gasoline prices skyrocketing, the benefits of e-cars are beginning to become clear: Charging an electric car leads to significant savings compared to traditional fuels.

Another factor to consider is incentives, not just financial ones (which we’ll talk about in more detail in the next section). In many municipalities, electric cars now have free access to areas with limited traffic, have the right to dedicated parking spaces and can park for free on the blue lines.

In addition, to encourage the purchase of electric and hybrid carsexemption from stamp duty for the first years and important reductions for the following, but the rules vary from region to region.

What are the incentives for electric cars?

In addition to the above incentives, an ad hoc bonus is provided for the purchase of electric and hybrid cars. This is the so-called auto bonusalso known as eco-bonus or eco-incentive: since April, the incentives to buy electric, hybrid and low-emission cars, motorcycles and scooters have returned.

They can be ordered by individuals – and to a lesser extent by car-sharing companies – but also by companies for the purchase of commercial vehicles.

The 2022 electric car incentives relate to cars with an emission band between 0 and 20 grams of CO2 per km, but also electric and hybrid mopeds and motorcycles.

To know all the details about the 2022 car bonus, see this in-depth analysis.

The national incentives are added to a number of local opportunities: various regional and municipal tenders actually support individuals, companies and municipalities in the purchase of electric cars.

That Milan municipalityis, for example, ready to start a new call with incentives for scrapping the most polluting carsthat is, those who cannot enter area B, the restricted traffic area almost as large as the entire city, and area C.

The announcement will be added to state incentives and will appeal to those who scrapped their old cars to buy a low-emission car as early as the beginning of the year, and will take ISEE into account.

Heading south, another tender is ready to promote sustainable mobility. It is a announcement of the Basilicata region as to promote green mobility models in urban centers with a strong tourist cold and in protected natural areas contributions to taxi drivers, tenants, operators in the tourism sector (from owners of hotels and tourist villages to agritourism), restaurateurs and bars for the purchase of electric cars completely new.

Given that electric cars cannot increase in number without recharging columns scattered throughout the territory and easily accessible, several regional calls are aimed precisely at supporting the construction of electric charging infrastructures. This is the case with calls from the region of Sardinia – which opens in June and closes at the end of September, aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises that have private areas accessible to the public that build an electric charging infrastructure minimum power of 22kW-50kW.

Photo by Rathaphon Nanthapreecha

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