Electrically powered used cars are becoming increasingly popular. In the first quarter of this year, car companies sold more than 2,400 used electric cars to private individuals, more than twice as many as the year before.
The Renault Zoe, Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 were especially popular, according to figures from industry organization Bovag and data agency RDC. Although the number has doubled compared to last year, it still concerns a very small part of the used car market. In recent months, stories have also regularly emerged of occasion dealers who are difficult to wear such cars, because the often quite limited range of older EVs still keeps people at a distance.
In contrast to new electric vehicles, there is still subsidy available for private individuals for the purchase of a second-hand electric car. That subsidy amounts to € 2,000. Of the € 13.5 million subsidy for second-hand cars this year, more than € 3 million was requested in the first three months. This means that there is now government subsidy left for more than 5,200 used electric cars. To be eligible for a subsidy, the electric cars must meet a number of requirements, such as a range of at least 120 kilometers and the original new price must be between € 12,000 and € 45,000. More than half of the used electric cars sold to private individuals this year could be bought with subsidies.