Germany forces 1050 Tesla owners to forgo electric vehicle bonus

Germany forces 1050 Tesla owners to forgo electric vehicle bonus

Hundreds of Tesla Model S owners in Germany will be required to repay a $4,650 electric vehicle subsidy after the country's Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control ruled the auto does not qualify.

About 800 Tesla Model S owners who bought their vehicle in March must pay back 4,000 euros (about $4,650) of an electric vehicle subsidy, according to Reuters. The reason is called "fraudulent" actions by the manufacturer, and the discrepancy of cost of the electric vehicle is eligible government subsidies.

In admitting that Munro & Associates had apparently gone wrong initially with regard to its Model 3 teardown and analysis, the company's president Sandy Munro has said in a recent interview with Autoline that he was "kind of misled" by the first impressions of the vehicle, and added that now he has to "eat crow".


Tesla will appeal the decision and will cover the cost of the bonus until the situation is resolved, the US automaker said on Wednesday in an emailed statement.

In the wake of Tesla's ongoing EV-incentive issues with the German government, the BAFA has now stated on its website that its talks with Tesla "to achieve a solution that would indemnify the customers" have been unproductive.

German customers who bought their Model S after March 6 will qualify for the subsidy, the office said, after Tesla proved customers could order and take delivery of a basic auto costing a maximum of 60,000 euros. It also added that "all Tesla customers who purchased the Tesla Model S before March 6, 2018" will have to pay back the €4,000 incentive.

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