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New help-to-buy scheme for ‘green’ vehicles in Ile-de-France

Households can claim up to €6,000, and businesses up to €15,000, to buy an electric or hydrogen vehicle

The scheme can be combined with other government aid to buy clean vehicles Pic: apiguide / Shutterstock

A new help-to-buy scheme has opened for people living in the Ile-de-France who want to buy an electric or hydrogen powered vehicle.

One of the schemes is aimed at individuals, and the other at vehicles for professional use.

Which individuals are eligible?

People who fit the following criteria are eligible for up to €6,000 of aid.

  • People who live in Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Essonne and Val-d’Oise
  • And buying a car for private use (including commuting to work)
  • And who work in the low emission zone (zone à faibles émissions, ZFE) inside the A68 motorway.

The aid can be used to replace a vehicle with a Crit’Air 3, 4, or 5 rating; or an unrated vehicle that they have owned for at least one year.

Crit’Air certificates indicate the level of air pollution that a vehicle produces, from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest rating (the highest amount of pollution).

Read more: A guide to Crit’Air stickers in France

The total cost of the new electric or hydrogen car must not exceed €40,000.

Inhabitants in Argenteuil, Athis-Mons, Juvisy-sur-Orge, Morangis, Paray-Vieille-Poste, Savigny-sur-Orge and Viry-Châtillon are not eligible as they can already apply for a similar scheme run by the Métropole du Grand Paris.

The amount of aid given depends on the total income of the household (revenu fiscal de reference, RER) divided by the number of people (‘parts’) living in the home.

Individuals are eligible for:  

  • €6,000 if this figure is between €0-6,300
  • €5,000 if this figure is between €6,301-13,489
  •  €3,000 if this figure is between €13,490-35,052
  • €1,500 if this figure is more than €35,052

This aid can be used alongside other state aid, such as the bonus écologique, as long as the combined amount does not exceed the following limits:

  • 80% of the total cost of the vehicle including tax for grants of €5,000-6,000
  • 50% of the total cost of the vehicle including tax for grants of €1,500-3,000

Which professionals are eligible?

Traders and mobile craftspeople will be eligible for up to €15,000 to buy trucks that can be converted into mobile shops, allowing them to travel to rural areas in France to sell goods.

Eligible businesses must have: 

  • Existed for more than 12 months
  • At least 10 employees
  • Up to €2million in annual turnover 
  • Headquarters located in a commune in Ile-de-France with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants outside the Métropole du Grand Paris or a group of communes classed as an EPCI (établissement public de coopération intercommunale) located outside Paris.

The professional or company must commit to using the vehicle for commercial purposes for at least four days per week in one or more rural communes, at the latest six months after the aid has been provided.

This aid can be used alongside other state aid, as long as the combined amount does not exceed 50% of the total cost of the vehicle including tax. 

In this instance the amount of aid given will be adjusted to comply with this limit.

How can I apply?

Applications from individuals and professionals can be made online by selecting the Dispositif d’aide aux véhicules propres option, up to three months after a ‘green’ vehicle has been purchased.

However, vehicles purchased or ordered before the scheme was introduced on October 1 are not eligible.

‘Green’ vehicles on leasing contracts are also not eligible. Only one application can be made per household or company.

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