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EXPLAINED: How and when you can use Italy’s new car bonus in 2024

Giampietro Vianello
Giampietro Vianello - [email protected]
EXPLAINED: How and when you can use Italy’s new car bonus in 2024
An electric SUV charges at a hub in downtown Milan. Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP

With Italy launching a new round of incentives for the purchase of low-emission cars on Monday, June 3rd, which categories of vehicles does the bonus apply to and how much can you claim?

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The Italian government launched a long-planned round of incentives for the purchase of low-emission vehicles on Monday, June 3rd under efforts to boost the national electric car industry and tackle air pollution.

The scheme, which follows a series of similar discounts made available in 2022 and 2023, will run with a fund of 950 million euros in total, offering motorists price cuts of up to 13,750 euros. 

First announced in early February, the ‘bonus’ was made into law on Saturday, May 25th, with the official government decree confirming early details about which categories of vehicles the bonus will apply to and how much you can claim.

Which cars does the bonus apply to?

The scheme takes two parameters into account: carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and vehicles’ list price excluding VAT (or IVA in Italian).

The categories of vehicles available under the bonus can be broken down as follows:

  • Electric cars with CO2 emissions in the 0-20 grams per kilometre range and with a list price of up to 35,000 euros
  • Plug-in hybrid cars with emissions in the 21-60 g/km range and with a list price of up to 45,000 euros
  • Hybrid or thermal (running on petrol or diesel) cars in the 61-135 g/km emission range and with a list price of up to 35,000 euros
  • Used Euro 6 cars with emissions of up to 160 g/km and with a list price of up to 25,000 euros

How much can I claim?

How much you can claim depends on the emission range of the car you're purchasing and whether or not you’re scrapping your former vehicle at the same time.

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An electric SUV charging at a station in downtown Milan in March 2023. Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP

Scrapping a car is not required to claim the bonus unless you want to buy cars with CO2 emissions between 61 and 135 g/km or used Euro 6 cars with emissions of up to 160 g/km. In both these cases scrapping is mandatory.

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Those who choose to scrap a car are entitled to higher discounts, with price cuts getting progressively higher as the environmental class of the car being scrapped decreases (classes range from Euro 6 to Euro 0, with Euro 0 indicating the least environmentally friendly vehicles).

You can find out the environmental class of your current vehicle on the transport ministry’s website.

Here's a rundown of how much you can claim under the latest bonus.

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Without scrapping

  • Vehicles with emissions between 0 and 20 g/km: 6,000 euros
  • Vehicles with emissions between 21 and 60 g/km: 4,000 euros

With scrapping

Vehicles with emissions between 0 and 20 g/km: 

  • 9,000 euros with scrapping of Euro 4 car
  • 10,000 euros with scrapping of Euro 3
  • 11,000 euros with scrapping of Euro 2, 1 and 0

Vehicles with emissions between 21 and 60 g/km: 

  • 5,500 euros with scrapping of Euro 4
  • 6,000 euros with scrapping of Euro 3
  • 8,000 euros with scrapping of Euro 2, 1 and 0

Vehicles with emissions between 61 and 135 g/km: 

  • 1,500 euros with scrapping of Euro 4
  • 2,000 euros with scrapping of Euro 3
  • 3,000 euros with scrapping of Euro 2, 1 and 0

Used Euro 6 vehicles with emissions of up to 160 g/km:

  • 2,000 euros with scrapping of Euro 0 to Euro 4 car

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For people with an annual household income (calculated as ISEE) of 30,000 euros or less purchasing a vehicle in the 0-60 g/km emission range, the original discount increases by 25 percent in all cases (with or without scrapping).

For instance, those buying a 0-20 g/km car without scrapping will get a 7,500-euro discount (as opposed to 6,000) if they fall into the above category.

What else do I need to know?

As with previous car bonuses, there are some conditions you need to be aware of before claiming a discount.

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Electric cars from French car maker Renault charging in Rome in March 2016. Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP

Chiefly, you can only scrap a car that you or a member of your household have owned for at least 12 months. 

Also, you can’t sell on a vehicle bought with the bonus before 12 months of ownership have lapsed.

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And of course, in order to buy any motorised vehicle in Italy you are required to be registered as a resident.

When will the bonus be available?

The bonus was made available from 10am on Monday, June 3rd. 

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How do I claim it?

As with the previous round of funds, claiming the bonus will be a fairly straightforward process for the customer.

It’ll be up to car dealerships to request the bonus from Italy’s Ministry of Business and Made in Italy and apply the discount to sales.

So all customers will need to do is select an eligible vehicle and inform the dealership that they wish to claim the bonus.

Should the scrapping of an old vehicle be part of the deal, motorists will be asked to deliver the vehicle to the dealership.

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Peter Conover 2024/02/27 11:53
Do the bonuses only apply to the purchase of a new car, or also to used cars?
  • Giampietro Vianello 2024/02/27 18:29
    Hi Peter, Thanks for the comment! There’s actually been a recent development on this front. In its original draft, the bonus only included discounts for the purchase of new cars. However, according to the latest reports, it is now expected to feature a 2,000-euro discount for the purchase of used Euro 6 cars with CO2 emissions of up to 160 grams per km and with a list price of up to 25,000 euros (VAT excluded). Scrapping of a Euro 0 to Euro 4 car would be mandatory to claim the bonus in this case. I’ve edited the article to include this info. Apart from the above discount, all the other discounts will only apply when purchasing a new car. Thanks for reading! Giampietro

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