Promotion in Germany


Updated: 14.01.2019

Author: Tim Sternkopf

Summary of support schemes

Greenhouse gas reduction quota. The biofuel quota has been replaced as of January 2015 by a greenhouse reduction quota. Beginning with 2015, emissions have to be reduced by 3.5%, from 2017 by 4% and beyond 2020 by 6%.

Environmental Bonus. The Environmental Bonus is a purchase subsidy for new electric, plug-in and hydrogen passenger cars equally shared between the federal state and the automotive industry. It amounts to EUR 3,000 for plug-in and EUR 4,000 for electric and hydrogen cars.


The greenhouse gas reduction quota applies so far to biofuels only. Nevertheless, elaborating the conditions under which electricity and hydrogen could also qualify as eligible technologies under the greenhouse gas reduction quota is still a work in progress. 

The Environmental bonus is paid for electric, plug-in and hydrogen cars below a basic model price of EUR 60,000. 

Statutory provisions

  • EnergieStG
  • BiomasseV
  • Biokraft-NachV
  • BimSchG
  • The KfW Environmental Programme (Merkblatt Umweltschutz in Unternehmen – KfW Umweltprogramm)
  • Environmental Bonus Umweltbonus (Directive on the Support for Electrically Driven Vehicles - Environment Bonus)


Further information