The Netherlands is giving electric car buyers €91 million (but not for Teslas, or any EV above €45k)

The Netherlands government will issue subsidies of €91.4 million to those purchasing or leasing electric cars in 2022. This is a fivefold (+435%) increase on last years’ budget of €17.2 million.

The fund will help over 31000 individuals in the country to get a new or used electric car by purchase or lease, with 21000 of those being new cars on the road.

Subsidies can be used by private individuals (not businesses) when leasing or buying electric vehicles.

Hybrids are not eligible, only 100% EVs.

A list of cars is made available by the “SEPP” scheme including the BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen ID4, Kia EV6 and Hyundai IONIQ 5.

Tesla vehicles are not eligible for subsidies because of the upper price cut off point of €45,000. This is also why Tesla vehicles were knocked off the top-selling spot last year by the Skoda Enyaq, a more affordable option.

There are some higher spec EVs available with the subsidy such as the Kia EV6 and Hyundai IONIQ 5. For a list of cars with their specs see this ev-database.nl page. Tesla’s Cybertruck (pictured above) is also listed as eligible with a price tag of €45000 exactly but this appears to be a data inaccuracy.

For used cars a subsidy of €2000 is available.

For new cars this subsidy is €3350.

The amounts for individual subsidies will be lower in 2022 than in previous years. However, the government will make five times as many individual payouts to meet demand. In 2021 the fund ran out half way through the year.

Reduced costs for buying or leasing a BEV have dropped, so the per-car subsidy has also been lowered to reflect that.

Applications will open in January 2022. You will have to have a Digid login to apply.

Find out more about the scheme at rvo.nl.

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