Faced with too many requests, the government should end social leasing this week.
Presented in mid-December, launched on January 1st… and stopped in February. The government is in fact preparing to stop social leasing, a system which makes electric cars accessible to the poorest.
Thanks to a generous state subsidy to cover the first increased rent, which goes up to €13,000, manufacturers can offer half of French people (those with a reference tax income per unit under €15,400) trendy models. less than €100 per month. It even starts at just €40 per month for the Renault Twingo.
With such offers, social leasing quickly became a victim of its own success. The government had in fact planned to validate around 25,000 files in 2024, but after a few days, it had received 80,000 requests!
Social leasing: everything you need to know about electric cars at €100 per month
So there was quite a period of uncertainty. Faced with this excess, a relaxation of the quotas was first mentioned, then an abandonment. In the end, there will be no limit in number but in duration. As the Autos Infos site relays, social leasing will in fact be stopped in a few days, via a decree. Dealers have reportedly expressed their concerns about too many vehicles sold under social leasing, cars which would “pose a financial risk on resale values within three years, when the lease returns”.
If you have not yet placed an order, you must do so quickly, before the publication of the decree. Orders placed before this will be honored.
This Sunday (February 11), at the microphone of France 3, Roland Lescure, Minister of Industry and Energy, announced that social leasing will be back, but obviously not before 2025. The government also seems to be waiting for arrival of new models made in France, including the Renault 5.
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