In recent months, government aid for the purchase of electric vehicles has been reduced. The ecological bonus for the wealthiest households has just been reduced, from €5,000 to €4,000.
Enough to suggest that the government lacks money to implement the forced electrification of the French automobile fleet. The answer is not there, however, according to Christophe Béchu. The Minister of Ecological Transition raised this subject on Franceinfo on the morning of February 13:
“The objective is to continue to socially rebalance the bonus. Last year, out of 1.5 and a half billion (euros) in aid for electrification, a quarter was for half the most modest (. ..) Our ambition is to be 50/50 today.”
“We want to socially rebalance the bonus by keeping the same ecological ambition (…) in a context where the average price of electric cars is decreasing (…) We are adjusting the system to be able to help more with less money.”
The government is satisfied
The government is therefore satisfied with the results it is currently obtaining in this area. This particularly concerns social leasing. Faced with demand, the latter was stopped even though the number of accepted files had been increased to 50,000, compared to 25,000 initially planned. Christophe Béchu therefore projects himself, with ambition:
“There will be a second wave (…) at the end of the year, beginning of next year.” “We want to give ourselves a little time to think about what worked in leasing and what we want to improve. I am delighted that we have completely met our objectives, to have fulfilled them in six weeks, and that “We did double what was planned.”
Ecological bonus: “There are two types of aid, for the poorest 50% of French people the bonus remains at 7,000 euros. For the richest 50% of French people, it was 5,000 and increases to 4,000 euros”, declares the Minister of Ecological Transition pic.twitter.com/8sI0xVZ2xl
— franceinfo (@franceinfo) February 13, 2024
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To sum up
While the 2024 ecological bonus has finally been announced, the government refutes the idea that funds will run out. The reduction in aid for the wealthiest could be explained simply by the need to socially rebalance this aid for electrification.
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