Selling the GHG bonus: how long should I keep an electric car?

With the high subsidy of nearly 10,000 euros, local benefits and the GHG bonus, the electric car is becoming an economic model for many. However, one should not fall into the trap of formalities: Anyone who, for example, resells the electric car after three months will lose the BAFA purchase bonus again – the minimum holding period here is six months (and will soon be extended ) . .

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What about the GHG bonus? Owners of electric cars receive this annual distribution of up to 400 euros if they participate in the exchange of GHG quotas. Many people who plan to quickly sell an electric car abroad would like to take the premium on the greenhouse gas quota of a newly registered electric car with them.

The GHG premium is independent of the subsidy premium

The currently compulsory holding period for an electric vehicle to benefit from the BAFA purchase bonus is only six months. However, the GHG premium is completely independent of this state subsidy. It is paid to the current owner of the vehicle by intermediaries after registration on the relevant portal and presentation of the vehicle registration document.
This means that the person who reports the vehicle to the Federal Environment Agency will receive the corresponding subsidy payment after a few weeks or months.

The best electric cars

Selected products in tabular overview

BMW iX xDrive50


RRP from 77,300 EUR, savings: up to 13,386 EUR

Kia EV6

Kia EV6

RRP from 44,990 EUR, savings: up to 14,069 EUR / leased from 274 EUR

Mercedes EQS 580 4Matic

Mercedes EQS

RRP from EUR 97,807, savings: up to EUR 6,152

Hyundai Ioniq 5

Hyundai Ioniq 5

RRP from 41,900 EUR, savings: up to 12,280 EUR / leasing from 234 EUR

Audi Q4 e-tron 40

Audi Q4 etron

RRP from 41,900 EUR, savings: up to 12,420 EUR / best leasing price: 89 EUR

Skoda Enyaq iV 80

Skoda Enyaq iV

RRP from 34,600 EUR, savings: up to 11,584 EUR / best leasing price 124 EUR

Mazda MX-30

Mazda MX-30

RRP from 34,490 EUR, savings: up to 13,035 EUR / leased from 90 EUR

Fortwo Intelligent Equalization

Smart EQ fortwo

RRP from 21,940 EUR, savings: up to 8,240 EUR / leased from 77 EUR

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3

Recommended retail price from EUR 46,560; Savings: up to EUR 7,975 / best leasing price EUR 289.00

Opel Corsa-e

Opel Corsa-e

Recommended retail price from EUR 30,400; Savings: up to EUR 11,920.00

Volvo XC40 Refill

Volvo XC40 Refill

Recommended retail price from EUR 48,650; Savings: up to EUR 9570.00

The GES bonus is valid for one year and is redistributed the following year, whatever the amount. If the new car customer has registered his electric car for the GHG bonus, the car is blocked for a new GHG bonus application until the end of the current calendar year in the event of a change of ownership in the short term.

Premium subscription renewed only the following year

Only the following year can the second owner register his vehicle for the first time with the Federal Environment Agency and then receive the GHG bonus – still for the current year. This also applies accordingly in the years to come.

This means that an electric car owner only has to keep their car until the bonus has arrived in their account. For reasons of transparency and fairness, a seller must inform the buyer of the GHG quota request when handing over the vehicle.

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