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French Ecological bonus 2023: how does it work?

The ecological bonus is a financial incentive set up by the French government to encourage the purchase of less polluting vehicles. In 2023, this scheme will be reinforced to further encourage the transition to greener mobility. It is also complemented by the conversion bonus.

But how will the green bonus work in 2023?

The 2023 ecological bonus: what is it?

The ecological bonus rewards, via financial aid for purchase or long-term rental (2 years and older), buyers of new cars with the lowest CO2 emissions. The lower the vehicle's CO2 emissions, the higher the ecological bonus.

So we are talking about electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles.

In order to benefit from the ecological bonus in 2023, the vehicle must meet certain environmental standards. Electric vehicles must have a minimum range of 150 km in the WLTP cycle (Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedures) to benefit from the maximum bonus, which will be 10,000 euros in 2023. Plug-in hybrids will have to have a minimum range of 50 km to benefit from the maximum bonus of 6,000 euros. The bonus amounts will be degressive according to the range of the vehicles.

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The conditions for receiving the ecological bonus

To benefit from the aid, you must be of age and domiciled in France.

The vehicle must meet the following conditions:

  • Using electricity as an energy source
  • Do not use a lead acid battery
  • Be purchased or leased for a period of 2 years or more
  • Be a new vehicle: A vehicle that has never been registered, either in France or abroad (an imported vehicle is considered new if it has not been registered abroad) or a vehicle previously registered as a demonstration vehicle. In this case, it must be purchased or leased within one year of its first registration.
  • To be registered in France in a definitive series: Registration of a vehicle obtained after a 1st provisional registration, when the technical and administrative file is complete
  • Not to be sold within a year of its 1st registration, nor until it has travelled at least 2,000 kilometres

 

The application for aid must be made no later than 6 months after the date of invoice of the vehicle.

In the case of a rental, the application for assistance must be made at the latest 6 months after the date of payment of the 1st rent.

The ecological bonus in 2023: what amounts?

In 2023, the amount of the ecological bonus will be increased. For electric vehicles with a range of more than 150 km in the WLTP cycle, the maximum bonus will be 10,000 euros. For plug-in hybrids with a range of more than 50 km, the maximum bonus will be 6,000 euros.

However, for electric vehicles with a range of less than 150 km, the maximum bonus amount will be 3,000 euros. For plug-in hybrids with a range of less than 50 km, the amount of the bonus will be 2,000 euros. The bonus amounts will also be degressive according to the purchase price of the vehicles.

 

For an electric vehicle with a power greater than or equal to 2 kilowatts (according to the application of EU Regulation 168/2013) or 3 kilowatts (according to the application of Regulation 2002/24/EC):

The amount of aid is €250 per kWh of battery energy, not exceeding the lower of the following two amounts

  • 27% of the acquisition cost (including VAT) of the vehicle
  • or €900

How to benefit from the ecological bonus in 2023?

To benefit from the ecological bonus in 2023, certain conditions must be met. First of all, the vehicle must be new and registered in France for the first time. It must also meet the eligibility criteria for CO2 emissions and range.

Next, an application for the ecological bonus must be made to the Agence de services et de paiement (ASP). This application must be made within six months of the date of registration of the vehicle. The application must be accompanied by certain supporting documents, in particular the vehicle purchase invoice and the registration certificate.

 

Tiny, our licence-free car, is also eligible for this bonus! More information in our FAQ, part " About Tiny ».

Additional aid: the conversion premium

The conversion premium is a financial aid introduced by the French government to encourage owners of old and polluting vehicles to replace them with cleaner vehicles that emit less CO2. This bonus aims to encourage the transition to more sustainable and environmentally friendly mobility.

The amount of the conversion premium depends on the household's reference tax income and the type of vehicle purchased. Thus, for households with a reference tax income of less than or equal to 13,489 euros per year, the premium can reach up to 5,000 euros for the purchase of a new electric vehicle. For households with a reference tax income above this amount, the amount of the bonus is degressive.

You benefit from a additional premium if you live or work in a low emission mobility zone (LEZ): Part of the territory of a community where access is restricted for the most polluting vehicles. The ZFE-m has replaced the restricted traffic zone (ZCR). and your local authority: municipality, department, region, special-status authority, overseas authority has given you aid to buy or hire a vehicle eco-friendly.

 

You have 6 months from the date of invoice of your new vehicle to apply, or in the case of a lease, from the date of payment of the 1stst rent.

Before you start your application, you must have at least the following:

  • Registration certificate (carte grise) of the vehicle purchased or leased in your name
  • Registration document of the old vehicle being scrapped (if you are declaring one)
  • account information

Conditions for obtaining the conversion premium

It is important to note that in order to benefit from the conversion premium, the vehicle to be replaced must be scrapped and must no longer be in circulation. In addition, the new vehicle must be registered in France for the first time and must not be resold for at least one year after its acquisition.

The conversion premium is available to all individuals residing in France who own a petrol vehicle registered before 2006 or a diesel vehicle registered before 2011. Owners of these vehicles can benefit from a conversion premium for the purchase of an electric, plug-in hybrid or petrol vehicle that meets Euro 6 or Euro 6d-temp environmental standards.

 

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