Flemish EV premium: Citroën and Tesla most popular brands

Citroën, Tesla, and Volvo are the top three in the applications for a Flemish premium for an electric car. So, reports Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open VLD). Meanwhile, there are already 2,006 completed applications, and almost half of the premiums have already been distributed.

A total of 2,006 completed applications have now been received. These include 1,594 new cars and 412 used cars. The most popular brands in the applications are successively Citroën, Tesla, Volvo, Dacia, BYD, Ssang Yong, Volkswagen, Skoda, Renault, and Cupra, a mix of predominantly European and Asian brands.

If all these completed applications are approved, the Flemish government would currently spend 9,206,000 euros, or about half the amount initially planned.

Six million extra

The Flemish government initially foresaw 20 million euros for this year, but doubts quickly arose about whether that would be enough. Therefore, if the budget is exhausted too soon, another six million will be used from the climate funds. Once that budget is depleted, the next Flemish government will choose or develop possible new proposals.

Since February 12, the premium can be applied to EVs under 40,000 euros. The premium amounts to 5,000 euros for newly purchased cars and 3,000 for second-hand vehicles. It is available to private individuals, non-profit legal entities, and shared mobility providers.

The Council of State was sharply critical of the Flemish government’s draft decision on a premium for purchasing an electric car. The Council has problems with the ‘first come, first served’ principle and fears, due to the limited budget, a possible reduction of the premium in case of too much demand.


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