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German subsidy for low carbon trucks

One month into its new programme to promote low carbon and/or fuel-saving trucks, Germany’s federal transport ministry has awarded a subsidy for a total 148 articulated lorries and rigid trucks

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The applications, coming from 29 haulage firms, represent €2.1M from the total €10M that the department - BVMI Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur - has recently released for 2018.


The programme is to last through 2020, with no total budget indicated yet, and aims to compensate for the additional cost (compared to diesel) to purchase a CNG, LNG or electrical truck. The initial 148 vehicles’ split is 122 natural gas and 26 electric.

The subsidies are intended to bridge the price differences
The subsidies are intended to bridge the price differences

The grant per vehicle is capped at €8,000 for CNG, €12,000 for LNG and €12,000 for electrical vehicles up to 12 tonnes gross weight and €40,000 for electrical vehicles over 12 tonnes gross. The latter two grants apply to both battery and hydrogen fuel cell propulsion.


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