Grants for Electric Cars 2019
A new programme with grants for the purchase of electric and plug-in hybrid cars and more has been launched for 2019. Anyone who is legally resident in Spain is eligible to apply, read on for more details.
The Spanish Government has set aside 45 million euros for grants for the purchase of electric and plug-in hybrid cars, electric motorbikes and other vehicles. The scheme is called Plan Moves 2019.
This year the money available will be distributed to each autonomous region in Spain, rather than being controlled centrally. Grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until the end of 2019, or earlier if funds are depleted. Grant amounts are based on the type of vehicle and purchaser (private buyers, self-employed or companies.
Who Can Request The Grant?
In order to be eligible you need to be legally resident in Spain and have a NIE number. Self employed people or those with a company in Spain will have to supply additional paperwork to show that they are up-to-date with their fiscal obligations.
Car dealers should be able to arrange all the paperwork and, depending on the region, they may be able to check whether funding is still available.
What Type of Vehicles are Included?
Cars must be either electric, plug-in hybrids or similar. Check with your local car dealer exactly which models are included.
What Discount Will I Get?
Grants of up to 5500€ per car are available. The car dealership, or manufacturer, must also provide a direct discount of 1000€.
Each Autonomous Community in Spain will have a period of six months to study your paperwork and inform you of the outcome. Your car dealer should be able to help you with the paperwork.
The actual amount you receive will depend on the vehicle classification as shown in the Royal Decree 72/2019.
This year 100,000€ is also reserved for grants for the installation of charging points, both public and private, and will cover between 30%-40% of the cost. Check with your car dealer for more info.
For this year’s programme for individuals:
- You must have a car to scrap that is over 10 years old and
- It must have been in your name at least for the last 12 months and
- It must have had its ITV (technical inspection document) valid when the Plan Moves 2019 was approved (16 Feb 2019).
How to Decide if an Electric Car is Right for You
Even though the Government is offering these grants, Spain is still not ready for electric cars in many towns and cities. However things are changing and if you just tend to move around your local area and can charge the car at home, it might be a good idea to think about buying one.
The basic questions to ask yourself when considering buying an electric or plug-in hybrid car are:
- Do you have access to off-street parking?
- Is your daily car usage below 160 km?
- Are you thinking of buying a new car anyway?
Recharging will cost approximately 3€ (depending on your tariff).
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