From next year, the maximum subsidy amount for electric cars will be reduced even further than initially planned, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management writes.

Reducing the maximum amount leaves more money for other applicants.

The enthusiasm for the subsidy turned out to be greater than the cabinet had thought: in August the money for 2021 had already been used up.

The new subsidy amount as of 2022 will not be 3,700 euros per new car, but 3,350 euros.

In the following years, the amount will decrease further, to 2,550 euros from 2024. A year later, the subsidy will disappear completely.

The subsidy amount will also be lower because new cars will become cheaper.

Last year, applicants could still receive 4,000 euros for a new electric car.

For second-hand cars, the amount remains at 2,000 euros.

Over the next three years, an additional 80 million euros will be earmarked for new cars and 10 million euros for used electric cars, the ministry announced on Budget Day.

The ministry thinks that as of the end of 2024, the measures will mean that twice as many private individuals will receive a subsidy for the purchase or (private) lease of an electric car than was envisaged in the climate agreement.

Furthermore, lease drivers in more expensive electric cars are no longer eligible for tax benefits.

The limit for this is now at 35,000 euros per car in 2022 and will increase to 30,000 in 2023. With this, the cabinet wants to make middle-class cars more interesting for business drivers.