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Germany to provide €10M in 2018 for energy-efficient and/or low-CO2 trucks; program initially runs to end of 2020

German Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has submitted a funding guideline for energy-efficient and/or low-CO2 trucks; initial applications can be submitted to the Federal Office for Goods Transport (BAG) in July. The funding will support the purchase of trucks and tractors with CNG, LNG or certain electric drives (pure battery electric vehicles and which are intended for freight traffic and the permissible total weight of which is at least 7.5 tonnes.

The vehicles must be offered for sale as a standard new vehicle in an EU Member State.

The amount of subsidy depends on the type of drive. Per truck and tractor this is a flat rate: €8,000 for CNG; €12,000 for LNG and electric drives for vehicles up to 12 tons; €40,000 for electric drives for vehicles over 12 tons. The subsidy is limited to €500,000 per company.

In 2018 alone, €10 million will be available for the funding program. It is initially limited to the end of 2020.

From 1 January 2019, electric trucks will also be completely freed from truck tolls.

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