Owners of SUVs and electric sedans could have a very unpleasant surprise in 2025, with the Senate’s proposal to apply a tax to them if their vehicle exceeds 1.9 tonnes. A proposal which, if adopted, could be detrimental to the French market.
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Tesla Model Y, Volkswagen ID 5, Toyota Bz4X, Hyundai Ioniq 5… In all, around fifty models of electric cars weighing more than 1,900 kilos risk being assigned a “mass penalty” from 2025. Until then exempt , the drivers of these vehicles are today in the sights of senators, who have proposed the addition of several amendments to the draft Finance Law (PLF) 2024. They concern the removal of the exception, and therefore the establishment of a tax of 10 euros per additional kilo above the mass required for electric vehicles. A measure proposed not to let an advantageous profit slip away, but also to encourage the acquisition of smaller cars, made in France.
The French market impacted?
The problem is that, if the share of French electric vehicles over 1.9 tonnes on the market is currently only 0.22%, this figure was supposed to increase with the planned launch of the Peugeot e- 3008 next year. As the media points out Numerama, “its mass in operating order is at least 2,114 kg in its “standard” configuration with a 73 kWh battery. This would therefore give a penalty of more than €2,100 according to the recommendations of the senators.”
Enough to deter potential buyers. If the amendment is adopted by the National Assembly, the first affected will be SUVs and sedans. The text still remains more tolerant towards hybrid and thermal cars, whose mass limits before tax are respectively set at 1,800 kilos and 1,600 kilos. For the moment, hydrogen vehicles are not affected by the measure, which must still be examined by the National Assembly before being adopted or not.
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