Germany forces 1,050 Tesla owners to forgo electric auto bonus

Lloyd Doyle
July 20, 2018

The 1,050 people who bought or ordered a Tesla Model S and received the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control's "environmental bonus" (Umweltbonus) could be on the hook to repay the government 2,000 euros (about $2,200) according to Reuters.

That's what Germany said Wednesday, alleging that 1,050 Tesla buyers weren't eligible for an incentive aimed at spurring electric auto sales.

The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control said only vehicles costing 60,000 euros or less qualified for Germany's "environmental bonus", meant to encourage the purchase of electric cars.

The program was created to boost sales of plug-in hybrid and battery vehicles. Last weekend, sightings of the Model 3 Performance were reported by the Tesla community in social media, with the electric vehicle being spotted in facilities like the Buena Park, CA center. According to German law, subsidies for the purchase of electric cars rely in the case that the machine is not more than 60 thousand euros. Tesla, in turn, intends to appeal the decision in court, and the expenses of their clients.

German customers have always been able to order a base version Model S that met the qualification threshold, and such cars were delivered to customers, Tesla said. A Model S 75D, the lowest-priced option, is now listed for 72,000 euros on Tesla's website.

"Talks with Tesla unfortunately did not lead to a solution", according to the government office's statement, which added that the goal had been to avoid hurting customers.

Sales of electrified vehicles in Germany surged 64 percent during the first half of the year, leading the European Union's top five markets. Because it had found that Tesla was delivering higher specification vehicles costing more than 60,000 euros, the Tesla Model S was removed from the subsidy list on November 30, 2017.

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