Sweden launches light-duty commercial EV incentive

The Swedish Energy Agency is offering a "climate bonus" for vehicles under 3.5 tonnes. The subsidies apply to battery and fuel-cell electric commercial vehicles used by businesses or local and regional authorities.

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The bonus now offered by Energimyndigheten depends on the price difference between the electric and the comparable combustion engine vehicle, with a cap at 30 per cent of the eligible cost. The bonus is limited to SEK 50,000 (approx. 4,400 euros) per vehicle.

A corresponding pdf illustrates the system. An electric light truck costs SEK 600,000, with the closest comparable light-duty CV coming in at SEK 400,000, resulting in a difference of 200,000 kronor. 30% of 200,000 is SEK 60,000, evoking the maximum bonus of SEK 50,000.

Eligible vehicles must be listed as light trucks in the Swedish Transport Agency’s road traffic register. Common light-duty vehicles include the Mercedes eSprinter, Renault Master or Ford Transit vans, which also come electric.

For the new bonus, Energimyndigheten also defines a maximum total weight of 3.5 tonnes and power coming solely from electricity, including electricity from hydrogen via fuel cells.

Those interested in buying may register online for the so-called Klimatpremie via the Energy Agency and order their light electric truck. The offer also applies to leasing offers.

The scheme came into effect on 13 February 2024. From January 2025, the maximum amount will fall to 40,000 and 30,000 kronor from July before the programme expires on 1 October 2025.



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