French incentives for less-polluting cars and heating systems

From 1 January 2018 the bonus scheme for the purchase of new less-polluting vehicles, which was previously available only to low-income families, has been extended to all citizens and to second-hand cars. For poorer families, the premium has doubled to €2,000. For buying an electric car, the incentive amounts to €2,500, on top of a €6,000 subsidy.

Measures also include bonuses and tax credits for domestic energy savings, and they specifically target low-income households. Up to €3,000 is available for households with very modest incomes to switch from old heating systems to new renewable ones. Tax credits on insulation improvement are maintained and extended to energy audits. From 2019, these will be turned into a premium to be paid directly after completion of the work.

Source: Ends Europe, 3 January 2018.

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