France is to ask the European Union to consider whether only EU-made electric vehicles should be eligible for purchase grants.
Finance minister Bruno Le Maire said the measure made sense after the United States announced it would give grants only to American-built EVs, effectively closing the market to European cars.
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Renault invested heavily in EVs around 20 years ago and, with the Zoé, it was the first in Europe to offer a model designed entirely for a fully electric drive.
However, its claim to having the best-selling electric car in Europe has since been lost to the US’s Tesla.
Mr Le Maire said France will continue to help buyers of electric cars costing less than €50,000 in 2023, with €1.3billion in the budget for the bonus écologique.
In October, a payment of €7,000 (up from €6,000) was announced for the half of French households on lower incomes. For other households the grant will fall to €5,000.
The separate prime à la conversion will remain at €2,500, but is €5,000 if you live more than 30km from work.
It can be given for new or secondhand EVs or hybrid vehicles, as long as the latter can run for more than 50km on batteries alone.