Purchase premium: E.Go manufacturer sees its existence threatened

The Aachen electric car manufacturer e.Go Mobile fears big disadvantages for its enterprise by the planned increase of the Elektroautokaufprämie to 6.000 euro. "Then my advantage, which so far I have because of the special construction of my vehicles, would be put into perspective by the subsidy bonus"Schuh said in an interview with Since his company could no longer handle the 50% own premium of the premium, the prices of the competition then "very close" come to the e.Go Life. "That could jeopardize my uniqueness and my existence", warned the professor. Therefore, he calls for a derogation for pure electric car manufacturers such as e.Go Mobile or Tesla.

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Schuh is currently selling the e.Go Life 60 for a list price of 20,000 euros before deducting the purchase price of 4,000 euros. The smallest version is even available for 12,000 euros after deduction of the premium. The company founder has assumed that the premium will expire in the middle of next year. "We would have a clear advantage if there was no premium from the middle of next year on, because we designed our car exactly for it"says Schuh. Then the most expensive e.Go variant would be about 10,000 euros cheaper than models like the VW ID.3 or the Opel Corsa.

The premium would cost these models only 24,000 euros, but with twice the range and more comfort. Schuh claims to be unable to afford the 50 percent equity contribution of 3,000 euros. "If the planned environmental bonus comes as planned, I would have to make my car more expensive"said the e.Go boss. This would cost the e.Go Life 60 before deducting the purchase premium 23,000 euros. Without own contribution of the manufacturer also the state would not contribute the 3.000 euro. "For me this is a disadvantage that the legislator should correct with a derogation for the pure electric car manufacturers, please", calls for shoe.

This means that manufacturers such as Tesla or e.Go Mobile are to receive the subsidy for sale in Germany, even if they do not make their own contribution. Schuh could continue to offer his electric car for 20,000 euros. However, this would have no effect on the final price after deduction of the premium, which would then be 17,000 euros.

Founder Günther Schuh explains the car. (Image: Werner Pluta /

Nevertheless, Schuh sees in the proposed regulation a distortion of competition. "The one who has no substance to cross-subsidize is actually disadvantaged"says Schuh. It would be a pity if you now "accidentally sideline this plantlet by legitimately supporting a market adjustment phase", He is well aware of the criticism that the environmental bonus benefits above all those who can afford an expensive electric car.

E.Go Mobile continues to struggle to meet its planned production and delivery targets. "We've been delivering for five weeks, but still timidly, because some piece of the supply chain is still not working properly"Shoe said, adding: "We will be delivering 500 to 600 cars by the end of the year and I would like to create 5,000 to 6,000 at least next year"Shoe said. Currently there are 40 to 50 test drives every week from pre-orders, which then converted their purchase option into firm orders.