Any weight penalty would affect more than 50 electric cars in 2025

The senators want to add an amendment so that from 2025 electric cars will be taxed even for being overweight. This is potentially bad news for a number of electric models.

Electric cars are for the time being exempt from the weight penalty, which already penalizes buyers of thermal cars exceeding a certain weight (more than 1,800 kg in 2023 and 1,600 kg from 2024).

Except it’s increasingly uncertain whether electric cars will retain that advantage beyond 2025. Senators take a dim view of electric models escaping this (juicy) new vehicle tax.

While the 2024 Finance Bill (PLF) is being voted on by the legislative bodies, senators have put forward several proposals for further changes. In the article from December 5, it is log book highlighted these additions that could cause a stir. These can still be contested by the council, at the time of publication of this article nothing has been decided yet. What exactly is at stake?

Towards a weight penalty applied in 2025 for electric cars

L’article 14 PLF 2024 defines various vehicle taxes to encourage the transition to more virtuous vehicles. So it is a list of “painful” things for motorists who have not yet switched to an electric car: tightening of the penalty rate for CO2, removal of the penalty ceiling of 50% of the sales price, tightening of the tax on company vehicles, a new scale for “mass punishment”…

It is on this last point that the senators decided to integrate electric vehicles. The law already stated that hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles would no longer be exempt as of January 1, 2025. Some senators want electric vehicles to be included by that date as well. Only hydrogen vehicles would pass this measure – a choice that may surprise.

The text proposed by the senators would require electric vehicles weighing more than 1,900 kg to be fined €10 per extra kilo over that limit. The limit for thermal vehicles will be 1,600 kg in 2024, and plug-in hybrids will have to avoid exceeding 1,800 kg to avoid the bonus.

In addition to supporting lighter cars, the amendment is intended to favor French production. Except that Peugeot will probably not agree with the conclusion of these senators.

Hard blow for Peugeot e-3008 and e-5008

Excerpt from an article from Fleet Journal specially marked: ” According to these elected officials, only 0.22% of electric vehicles sold in France in 2022 and French brands weigh more than 1.9 tonnes. “The caution is the same for electric vehicles assembled in France: only 0.26% of electric vehicles sold and assembled in France weigh more than 1.9 tonnes,” they add.. »

It certainly was in 2022, it won’t be in 2024, the launch year Peugeot e-3008 assembled in the Sochaux factories in France. Peugeot is hoping that its new flagship, inaugurating a new platform, will be a commercial hit. With such a pending law, the launch of the Peugeot e-3008, but also and above all its extended version called the e-5008, could turn into wet dirt.

If the Peugeot e-3008 innovates and should help the concern to take a new step in the transition to electric cars, it has a big mistake. We should say “severe” defect. Its operating weight is at least 2,114 kg in the “standard” configuration with a 73 kWh battery. According to the recommendations of the senators, this would mean a penalty higher than 2,100 euros. The heaviest version flirts with 2,200 kg, or a fine of 3,000 euros.

The case is far from isolated: many models weigh more than 1,900 kg

If the text of the amendment were to pass as it is, a large part of the electric models that are currently sold would be affected by the weight penalty.

These are not necessarily the largest volumes, with exceptions Tesla Model Y, the sales star of 2023. But there are still 5 models in the TOP 20 French registrations that could be taxed for their weight.

However, some of these models do likely to get an environmental bonus, thanks to their European production. This remains to be confirmed as of December 15 with the official list of models eligible for the bonus.

 

Family SUVs are inevitably the first victims of the weight bonus, but so are sedans offering long ranges. Finally, this amendment also applies to all models of the premium segment, there is almost no German vehicle available below 1,900 kg.

To give you an idea of ​​the variety of vehicles affected, here is the (almost exhaustive) list of models that may be affected:

  • Tesla Model Y
  • Tesla Model S
  • Model Tesla
  • Volkswagen ID.3 (except small battery)
  • Volkswagen ID.4
  • Volkswagen ID.5
  • Volkswagen ID.7
  • Volkswagen ID.Buzz
  • Skoda Enyaq iV (and coupe)
  • Cupra Born (except small battery)
  • Cupra Tavascan (upcoming model)
  • Audi Q4 e-tron
  • Audi Q8 e-tron
  • Audi e-tron GT
  • Porsche Taycan
  • BMW i4
  • BMW i5
  • BMW i7
  • BMW iX1
  • BMW iX2
  • BMW iX3
  • BMW iX
  • Mercedes EQA
  • Mercedes EQB
  • Mercedes EQE (and EQE SUV)
  • Mercedes EQS (and EQS SUV)
  • BYD Han
  • APARTMENT Tang
  • BYD seal
  • BYD Seal U (upcoming model)
  • Ocean Fisker
  • Ford Mustang Mach-e
  • Hyundai Ioniq 5
  • Hyundai Ioniq 6
  • Jaguar i-pace
  • Kia EV6
  • Kia EV9
  • Lexus RZ450e
  • Lotus Eletre
  • MG Marvel
  • Nissan Ariya
  • Peugeot e-3008
  • Subaru Solterra
  • Toyota Bz4X
  • Vinfast VF8
  • Vinfast VF9
  • Volvo C40
  • Volvo XC40
  • Volvo EX30 (Twin Performance version)
  • Volvo EX90 (upcoming model)

If valid, more than fifty models would be affected by this weight penalty. This represents slightly less than half of the vehicles available for sale in France.

The only manufacturer that could enjoy such a penalty is Renault, which places all its models (incl Scenic come) below the 1,900 kg limit.

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