The best electric cars that are compatible with the eco bonus

The new car incentives 2022 coming and a significant part of the funds allocated for the new eco bonus will be dedicated to car electric. In fact, with the aim of supporting the spread of zero-emission cars, the government has drawn up an incentive plan that will allow Italian citizens to buy a new electric car at a lower price than the list price.

This option will reduce the cost gap that still exists between electric cars and petrol and diesel cars. The higher cost of electric cars is to date the biggest barrier to buying a zero-emission model for many Italian drivers. Thanks to the new car incentives, buy an electric car in 2022 will definitely be cheaper.

Italian drivers have different options to use the incentive represented by the eco-bonus for electric cars. The four-wheel drive market is now jam-packed with alternatives to consider when buying a zero-emission car. In fact, almost all manufacturers on the Italian market have included a zero-emission car in the price list.

However, it is important to note that not all models can be purchased with incentives. The legislation actually establishes one maximum ceiling for the list price of cars that can be purchased with the eco-bonus. Models that exceed this cap are not compatible with the benefit. As a starting point, it is not possible to buy an electric supercar by taking advantage of the discount on the price guaranteed by the government subsidy.

Below we will therefore go to see what they are the best electric cars compatible with the eco bonus.

Eco-bonuses for electric cars: how purchase incentives work

The incentives for the purchase of electric cars will be operational from May 2022. The possibility of being able to benefit from the purchase contribution represented by the eco-bonus, which results in a discount on the cost to be incurred for a zero-emission vehicle, is tied to the availability of funds. Considering all emission bands (0-20 g/km, 21-60 g/km and 61-135 g/km), an allocation of 700 million euros.

In terms of electric cars (therefore all those vehicles with CO2 emissions equal to 0 g/km), on the other hand, there are funds for 220 million euros for 2022. The possibility of accessing the eco-bonus is also linked to compliance with limitation of the list price. Not all electric cars are compatible with the eco-bonus. The purchase incentive can actually only be requested for models with a list price of 35 thousand euros + VAT. This ceiling is significantly lower than the one previously set. Until last year, the eco-bonus was actually available for electric cars with a list price of 50,000 euros + VAT.

It should also be noted that the eco-bonus for electric cars is available in two versions, with or without scrapping an approved vehicle up to Euro 6. The purchase with scrapping of used vehicles gives access to a larger discount. The possibilities are:

  • eco bonus of 3,000 euros for the purchase of an electric car without scrapping
  • eco bonus of 5,000 euros for the purchase of an electric car with scrapping of a used vehicle under 5 euros

Also in terms of the amount of incentives for electric cars, there is a step back compared to the eco-bonus that was available until last year.

The best electric cars to buy with the eco-bonus

The presence of a ceiling on the list price (optionally included) of electric cars compatible with the eco-bonus significantly limits the number of models that can be purchased with the government incentive. So let’s see what they are the best electric that can be bought thanks to the eco bonus. For the various models shown, the list price is indicated, which may be reduced with the eco-bonus (from 3/5 thousand euros) and with any discounts applied by the manufacturer.

Here are the details:

Dacia Spring

One of the best-selling models in Italy among electric cars can easily be bought with the eco bonus: we are talking about Dacia Spring (here our proof). The Dacia electric car is available on the market with a list price of 20,650 euros and also the model with more complete equipment, Comfort Plus, is compatible with the eco bonus thanks to a list price of 22,150 euros. Both versions of the Dacia Spring have a 33 kW engine. The 26.8 kWh battery guarantees a range of up to 230 kilometers in the WLTP cycle.

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Fiat 500

Among the best electric cars that are compatible with the eco-bonus, there is also room for Fiat 500 (here our proof) which is currently the only zero-emission model produced in Italy (in the Mirafiori factory). The 500 range starts from the Action version with a 70 kW engine and a range of 190 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. The price is 25,100 euros. On the list, with prices from 30,300 euros, there is also the Icon with an 87 kW engine and a range of 322 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. The 500 is also available in 3 + 1 and Cabrio variants, both compatible with the eco bonus.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Hyundai’s electric range also includes Hyundai Kona Electric, here our test, available with a list price of 36,100 euros. The car can count on a 39 kWh battery which is combined with a 100 kW motor. The range in the WLTP cycle is 305 kilometers. Only the base trim levels of the zero-emission Kona are covered by the cap for access to the eco bonus.

Kia e-Soul and e-Niro

The eco-bonus can also be used to buy Kia models. Among these we find Kia e-Soul, here our test, available from 34,950 euros. In its basic configuration, the car has a 39.2 kWh battery and a 100 kW engine. The range is 276 kilometers. Then there is Kia e-Niro (here our test) which starts at 35,850 euros. The model has the same configuration as the e-Soul with a range of up to 289 kilometers.

Kia e-Niro

MINI Full electric

Also there MINI Full electric is one of the electric cars compatible with the eco-bonus thanks to a list price of 34,900 euros. The car of the British brand can count on a 135 kW engine and an autonomy of 226-234 kilometers in the WLTP cycle achieved thanks to a 32.6 kWh battery.

Nissan Leaf

Among the models that can be bought with the eco-bonus, there are also some variants of Nissan Leaf (here our test) which starts at 32,200 euros. The Nissan electric is available in 40 kWh and 62 kWh variants and with a 110 kW or 155 kW engine. In terms of autonomy, however, the base model of the Leaf starts at 270 kilometers with “long range” models reaching up to 385 kilometers.

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Renault Zoe R135

Opel Corsa-e and Mokka-e

Opel, which is part of the same group as Peugeot, carves out its place in the market for electric cars that can be bought with the eco-bonus. Available for Italian drivers we findOpel Corsa-e which is offered with a list price of 33,100 euros. There is also room in the assortment forOpel Mokka-e (here our test), available with a starting price of 36,550 euros. For both models, there is a 100 kW electric motor and a 50 kWh battery. The range is 359 kilometers in the WLTP cycle for the Corsa and 338 kilometers for the Mokka-e.

Peugeot e-208 and e-2008

Among the options available to buy an electric car with government incentives we find Peugeot e-208 which starts from a price list of 33,850 euros and can count on a 100 kW motor and a 50 kWh battery. The autonomy in the WLTP cycle is 362 kilometers. There is also the crossover Peugeot e-2008 which incorporates the same technical configuration of the city car that presents a range of 345 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. The list price is 38,750 euros.

Renault Twingo and Zoe

Renault also distributes its place among the models that can access the eco-bonus. The French house offers two models of great interest, such as Renault Twingo (here our proof) and Renault Zoe (here our proof). The Twingo range starts at €22,750. The city car can count on a 60 kW engine and a 22 kWh battery that guarantees a range of 190 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. As for the Renault Zoe, however, it starts from 33,700 euros. The car is available in 80 kW and 100 kW variants with a 52 kWh battery and a range of between 386 and 395 kilometres.

Renault Twingo ZE

Volkswagen e-Up! and ID.3

Volkswagen’s electric range compatible with the eco bonus includes Volkswagen e-Up! which starts at 25,850 euros and can count on a 61 kW engine and a 36.8 kWh battery. The range is 258 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. The largest is also available to customers Volkswagen ID.3 available with a starting price of 34,850 euros and with a battery that in the basic model has a capacity of 45 kWh and a 110 kW engine. Autonomy in the WLTP cycle is 351 kilometers.

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