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Faced with rising fuel prices and the upcoming ban on diesel, some motorists are turning to electric cars, despite their higher prices. To support the most modest families, the government wants to offer electric vehicles at 100 euros per month.
The electric car, increasingly popular with the French, remains expensive: about 10,000 euros more to purchase than its thermal equivalent. To make the models affordable, the government plans to help the most modest, by offering cars at 100 euros per month. The majority of cars are offered for long-term rental and few are those for less than 100 euros: from 99 euros per month for a Nissan Leaf to 149 euros per month for a Peugeot e-208.
Added to this price are contributions, varying from 2,000 to 7,000 euros depending on the model. The state could guarantee the first rent for couples earning the minimum wage. “[La mesure] will primarily target people who do not have access to public transport networks. These people, we want them to migrate to the electric vehicle”, analyzes Arnaud Aymé, expert at Sia Partners. The aid would target at least 100,000 leased electric vehicles per year, at an estimated cost of 50 million euros from the first year of the scheme.