The automotive companies are demanding a purchase premium for new cars in the corona crisis. It is controversial whether e-cars and combustion engines should be promoted equally. Anne Guhlich analyzes the discussion about the new scrapping bonus in the video.
Stuttgart – The German automotive industry is demanding a car purchase premium and thereby wants to boost the demand for new cars in the corona crisis. It is controversial which type of new car should be financially supported upon purchase. Anne Guhlich has been involved in the automotive sector for years. She analyzes the discussion about the new purchase premium for cars on camera.
Premium for electric cars and combustion engines
If it is up to the big car manufacturers like Daimler, Volkswagen and BMW, the new scrappage bonus, in addition to electric cars, should also promote vehicles with internal combustion engines. However, critics see this as a step backwards in the turnaround in traffic towards CO2-neutral mobility. The car companies are supported in their claims by their respective state governments.
Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann, like Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder, is campaigning for a corona stimulus package to stabilize the auto industry that should promote all types of new cars. Kretschmann was heavily criticized by his party The Greens for his comments on the car purchase premium. In an interview, the head of state defended his plans to pay a purchase premium for vehicles with internal combustion engines.