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Incentives and Legislation

Incentives and legislation that aim to increase uptake of alternative fuels vehicles and infrastructure. 

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Registration tax benefits

All cars below 141 g/km (WLTP value) are registration tax-free; no VAT, no NoVa.

Ownership tax benefits

Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV)s are 100 % tax-exempt from all relevant federal taxes, except VAT. Circulation tax (motorbezogene Versicherungssteuer): The tax is calculated on the basis of the engine’s horsepower. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)'s have to pay only for the ICE part.

Company tax benefits

The in-kind benefits for the private usage of company cars are taxations with 0 %. PHEV's and cars <141 g/km are taxed with a lowered tax of 1.50 %, all cars above 141 g/km are taxed at 2 % (the threshold comes down 3 g/km every year until 2026). Fully electric vehicles (CO2 emissions = 0) are entirely exempt from the benefit-in-kind tax from 2016 onwards. In addition, the same tax rules apply for these vehicles as for other vehicles eligible for a pretax deduction.

VAT benefits

Company BEV's are exempt from VAT (eligible for pre-tax deduction).

Purchase subsidies

Bonus (until the end of 2022) for the purchase (private use) of new cars and vans with fully-electric range of ≥ 50km and gross list price of ≤ €60,000:

  • €3,000 for BEVs and FCEVs
  • €1,250 for PHEVs and EREVs

The Austrian government is also increasing the subsidies in the heavy commercial vehicle segment. For example, the government plans to provide subsidies of up to EUR 130 000  (depending on size) for electric buses, up to EUR 60 000 for electric commercial vehicles
In the case of commercial vehicles, the importers’ share of the subsidy is significantly lower: with the exception of the N3 class electric commercial vehicles for which importers pay EUR 5 000, for most commercial vehicle classes importers pay EUR 2 000. For a class N2 e-commercial vehicle, for example, EUR 2 000 should come from importers and EUR 22 000 euros from the state. For large electric buses and the corresponding charging infrastructure, the state takes over the entire subsidy. 

The subsidy rates for electric two-wheelers, including e-motorbikes, e-mopeds, e-bikes and e-cargo bikes will also be increased for private individuals: from EUR 700 to EUR 800  (class L1e), from EUR 1 000 to EUR 1 200 (class L3e) and from EUR 400 to EUR 850 for electric bicycles.

Especially for companies, subsidies for electric minibuses in the 7+1 configuration also apply, with grants analogous to those described above for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. There is also a subsidy of EUR 24 000 for class M2 zero-emission minibuses. Companies that purchase light electric vehicles can also expect to receive EUR 1 300 in the future.

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Other Financial Benefits

Free Parking: Several cities have already exemptions from parking charges in place.

Companies could apply for an investment premium of 14 % for ecological measures until 28 February 2021.

Local incentives

Additional funding (EUR 250) from the State of Tyrol is only granted for the purchase of (e-) transport bikes (2021).

AF Infrastructure Incentives

Up to EUR 30 000 for DC charging stations for heavy commercial vehicles with more than 150 kW output.

For private individuals, the Climate Protection Ministry is tripling the subsidy to EUR 600 for the domestic wallbox and EUR 1 800 for charging stations in multi-party buildings.

Companies, municipalities and associations for publicly accessible charging infrastructure will receive EUR 2 500 to EUR 30 000 in federal funding, depending on the charging capacity. Previously the range was EUR 300 to EUR 15 000. For non-public ones, between EUR 900 and EUR 20 000.