Start of Croatian government incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles

May 22, 2022 – Croatian government incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles have started, but precisely how to reach the magic number of 70,000 kuna?

Like Poslovny Dnevnik writes, the Environmental Protection Fund is preparing this year’s public call for co-financing the purchase of more energy-efficient vehicles, which has been very popular with Croatian customers for years. Vecernji list learns that a public call will be published in June.

“In 2022, the Fund provided 108.3 million kuna to encourage the purchase of energy-efficient vehicles. Compared to last year, we have increased the total budget for individuals and companies, which will amount now at 103.3 million kunas.Last year we provided 90 million kunas, while the remaining budget of 5 million kunas is for the public sector.The application method for people and for companies will be the same as last year.

At the end of May, we intend to publish a public call for expressions of interest from automotive distributors, and in June, a public call for co-financing the purchase of electric vehicles for individuals and businesses. The amount of Croatian government incentives per vehicle will not change this year and will amount to between 20 and 70,000 kuna, depending on the vehicle category,” they commented from the Fund for Environmental Protection and Energy Efficiency. .

This means that also this year, the implementation of Croatian government incentives for the purchase of environmentally friendly vehicles will be carried out according to the procedure initially introduced last year, which has proven to be more efficient than the previous practice. . To be more precise, last year a new modified procedural method was introduced, whereby the famous “first come, first served” method was avoided, that is to say the model according to which the incentives of the Croatian government were granted only to those who managed to apply first.

Apart from the fact that such a system was criticized by both individuals and many legal entities, it also failed because in the end only 50% of the people who were approved for the inducement actually used the incentive for their purchase. .

Under this new system, natural and legal persons no longer go directly to the public appeal, but through authorized car dealers headquartered here in Croatia. So this year, the Fund will first announce a public call to which dealers can apply, who will then register their available outlets and vehicle models through the Fund’s app. At their points of sale, natural and legal persons will receive an offer for a vehicle, and dealers will apply for incentives from the Croatian government for them.

Those who want incentives will still have to be quick, which means they will have to prepare before the announcement of the public call, which means they will have to fully study the offer of vehicles for which they can request an incentive. and which are offered on the Croatian market, and there are more and more of them over time.

The procedure after a successful incentive booking is therefore identical to that of last year. The buyer will be obliged to pay a minimum advance of 7% of the requested funds to the Fund, for example, if an incentive of 70,000 kuna is requested, the trader will have to be paid 4,900 kuna. The deadline for the delivery and use of the Croatian government incentives will be nine months from the approval of the co-financing.

By far the most sought-after co-financed vehicles last year were electric cars, for which 70,000 kuna will also be available this year. For example, last year funds were set aside for 1,943 vehicles, of which 1,785 were electric, 157 were plug-in hybrids and one was a natural gas vehicle. For plug-in hybrids (rechargeable plug-in hybrids), it will still be possible to get 40,000 kuna in incentives, and for electric vehicles of the L1-L7 category (mopeds, motorcycles, light quadricycles), 20,000 kuna will be available.

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