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Germany asks to return € 4 thousand subsidies for the purchase of Tesla


07/18/2018


The authorities of Germany asked to return the subsidies given for the purchase of Tesla Model S until March 2018, noting that operation of the subsidies will be resumed in the future.



The Federal Office for Economics and Export Control of Germany (BAFA) appealed to buyers who purchased Tesla Model S before March 6, 2018, with a request to return subsidies of 4 thousand euros. The reason for the "retroactive" refusal in subsidies for the American company was the discrepancy between the declared cost of an electric vehicle and the criteria for obtaining state support in the FRG. Under German law, subsidies for the purchase of electric vehicles are applicable if the base model costs no more than 60 thousand euros.

In November 2017, Bild reported a "forgery" in the company Tesla with a deliberate understatement of the price of the Tesla Model S, in order to get the model included in the list of subsidized electric vehicles in Germany. According to the publication, Tesla underestimated the cost of the basic configuration of Model S by 7 thousand euros to meet requirements of the program of government subsidies.

As noted, the BAFA held talks with Tesla on this issue, but they "did not bring results." Nevertheless, as noted, after March 6, 2018, Model S was once again included in the list of subsidized models.

Earlier it became known that the private company in the next 2 years would lose the opportunity to receive government subsidies in the US after the total release of 200 thousand cars and the subsequent 18-month period for the termination of subsidies.

source: dw.de






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