More selective promotion of e-mobility – having the courage to beg big climate killers to pay!
It is already clear that the 2024 Autofestival, which started this weekend, will (once again) feature ever larger, ever heavier cars. This also applies to electric cars. This government set out to drive forward the energy transition and therefore also electromobility with more socially selective subsidies, among other things. Now is the time to implement this intention: Differentiated regulations are to be established for the subsidisation of e-cars, thus indirectly ensuring social selectivity. Measures such as the introduction of “social leasing” and, if necessary, the promotion of efficient used electric cars can also be considered. At the same time, particularly polluting vehicles should be subject to a penalty and the company car privilege should be abolished and limited to EVs.
Luxembourg’s provisional carbon footprint for 2022 shows that it is still important to take action in the transport sector in order to achieve the 2030 CO2 reduction targets. CO2 emissions in the transport sector over the last two years, it is still responsible for 60% of Luxembourg’s of Luxembourg’s CO2 emissions.
There is evidence that subsidies to promote the market launch of new technologies make sense, including for electromobility. This is mainly due to the currently still higher purchase prices of e-cars. In principle, the subsidies in Luxembourg should therefore be maintained until this new technology has become established in society as a whole.
However, the Mouvement Ecologique is in favour of a targeted limitation of support, also from a social point of view. From a certain purchase price of a car, which is more in the luxury category and very expensive, the buyer should no longer be supported. According to the principle of social selectivity, a person who can afford a vehicle costing €60,000 or more, for example, can also secure this without public subsidisation or fall back on cheaper, more resource-friendly and more efficient alternatives on the market. On oekotopten.lu, interested parties can find a list of particularly efficient and therefore recommendable e-cars, which is updated regularly. Further measures should also be considered from a social point of view, such as social leasing or the introduction of subsidies to used electric cars.
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