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Tesla likely to be left out of new electric vehicle incentive program in France


When reporting on Tesla’s delivery numbers in Europe, we often highlighted the fact that the company’s vehicles are not very popular in France compared to smaller neighboring markets. That’s despite 6,300€ (~$7,000) in incentives offered by the French government at the purchase.

Things could get more difficult until the Model 3 launch in the country as the French government introduced a new version of the program this week, which would put a cap of 40 000€ on the base price of an EV in order to get an incentive.

It would effectively leave out the Tesla Model S and Model X from the program.

The Model S starts at 70,900€ in France.

The changes still need to be adopted into the financial platform in December in order to take effect in 2017. For our French readers, if you were considering buying a Model S or X, you should think about factoring this change in your decision.

The biggest change is the new price tag cap, but there are a few other adjustments to the EV incentive program, according to Autoactu (French).

If the plan is adopted, the incentive at the purchase of an electric vehicle will go down from 6,300€ to 6,000€, but an additional 4,000€ will be offered if the buyer is exchanging a 10-year or older diesel-powered car.

Also, the 750€ incentive for hybrid vehicles (HEV) will go away. The 1,000€ for plug-in hybrid (PHEV) should still be effective.

The situation in France is reminiscent of the one in Germany, where they announced a new incentive and investment program to accelerate the adoption of electric cars in the country earlier this year. The program was capped to vehicles with a starting price of less than €60,000 and Tesla claimed that it was purposely excluded from new EV incentives by German automakers and government.

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