The government proposes that support for the purchase and replacement of electric cars be extended until the end of December
October 7, 2021, the government submitted to Parliament a legislative proposal to extend support for the purchase of electric cars and the conversion of passenger cars to gas or ethanol for one month until 31 December 2021.
The current provisions apply to purchase and conversion aid applied for by 30 November 2021. The government’s goal is for households to be able to apply for purchase and conversion support until the end of December 2021. and conversion aid will help modernize Finland’s vehicle fleet and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport. According to the plan, the financing of the subsidies will be included in the fourth supplementary budget of 2021.
The Temporary Procurement Support Act entered into force on 1 January 2018. An appropriation of EUR 24 million has been set aside for the purchase and conversion of passenger cars for the period 2018–2021. However, by 13 September 2021, approximately € 13 million of the appropriation remained unpaid. A buyer of a new electric car or a long-term tenant can receive EUR 2,000 in state purchase support. The conversion aid is EUR 1000 for converting a petrol or diesel car to gas and EUR 200 for converting it to ethanol.
The proposal now submitted by the government to Parliament will be presented. The timetable for the debate is listed on Parliament’s website (forthcoming part-sessions). Following the debate, the proposal will be sent to the parliamentary committee. The proposed law is due to enter into force on 1 December 2021 and is part of the implementation of the Fossil-Free Transport Roadmap.
In addition, the Ministry of Transport and Communications is preparing a second government proposal to extend existing purchase and conversion subsidies. This legislative proposal also prepares new subsidies for the purchase of electric and gas-powered vans and electric cars. The deadline for comments on the proposal is 10 October 2021. The proposal is expected to be discussed in the context of the amendments to the 2022 draft budget at the end of 2021.
Source: Ministry of Transport and Communications