Of the approximately 152,000 environmental bonus applications submitted between January and October 2019, approximately 24,000 vehicles are branded BMW. Thus, the Bavarian manufacturer leads the ranking. The Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) is responsible in Germany for the environmental bonus, ie the purchase premium for electric cars. The Authority has now submitted the updated interim results for October, which cumulates the number of applications for the expiring year.
Compared to September, it is noticeable that in October alone an application increase of around 10,000 new applications is calculated. This is likely to be the highest number of new applications during the year. The now announced improved application parameters should once again lead to an increase in the number of applications. Whether this can be interpreted as the desired market activation, for whose purpose the environmental bonus was brought to life, remains questionable with total numbers of approximately three million new passenger car registrations in the same period of time. Of the 151,534 applications submitted, around 102,000 were for pure streamers and around 50,000 for plugin hybrids. Only a mere 100 fuel cell car buyers sought funding. With around 29,000 applications, North Rhine-Westphalia is well ahead of Bavaria with around 20,000 applications.
Among the manufacturers, BMW leads with around 24,000 applications, followed by Renault with around 20,000 and Volkswagen with around 17,000 applications. In total, only about 64,000 applications were submitted by private buyers. The rest comes from the corporate environment as well as the public sector. In terms of individual model series, the ranking clearly leads the BMW i3 in its various variants. Close behind is the Renault Zoe, but also Audis A3, the e-Golf, and some smart models recorded significant application numbers.