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New tax breaks for green cars - Alliance

TT/The Local · 24 Aug 2010, 09:03

Published: 24 Aug 2010 09:03 GMT+02:00

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The premium will be strictly limited, according to Sveriges Radio.

“It would apply to electric cars with the very lowest emissions. It could also apply to the very best biogas cars, if they meet the technical specifications,” Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren (Centre Party) told SR.

The Allianceestimates that 5,000 cars meeting the requirements will be sold during the next four-year parliament. This would mean a cost to taxpayers of 200 million kronor.

Low-emission and alternative fuel cars previously attracted a 10,000 kronor premium, but this was withdrawn last year. Instead, greener cars were exempted from car tax for their first five years.

The Green Party on Tuesday also announced measures to encourage people to buy low-emission cars. The party said it wanted to introduce subsidies for cars with low emissions, funded by taxes on cars with high emissions. A similar scheme has already been launched in France.

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The party also wants to place greater demands on public sector organizations when they choose cars. It wants a focus on renewable fuels such as biogas, and more electric and hybrid models. It also called for cars running on renewable fuels to face stricter efficiency requirements. It also called for higher taxes on company cars with high emissions.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

23:09 August 24, 2010 by samwise
so the poor will subsidize the rich who can afford the new expensive "green" cars? sweet
08:40 August 25, 2010 by engagebrain
And where does the electricity come from for all the electric cars ?

Sweden does not currently have the generating capacity to support a significant number of electric cars and any new capacity would need to be green.

Heavily weighting the tax system in favour of efficient cars - low weight, efficient engines etc would probably be more beneficial.

Another ploy might be have a progressive charge for petrol - you first n litres per annum is at a low rate and then at progressively higher rates. This could be estimated by checking the mileage at the annual service.
11:08 August 25, 2010 by kenny8076
i thought swedes (europeans) were pretty much green country's. That the all care about the environment..... why do swedes have to be bribed into buying cars that will make their country they love so much stay beautiful? That is exactly what they have to do in america to get people away from trucks and suv's bribe them with tax cuts to buy Prius.

it just sounds silly, like telling a kid they will get candy if they eat their dinner. "we will give you a financial break if you choose a car that will help keep you country and the environment clean"......... people just can't do whats right anymore, it always has to be for a profit or gain.
09:24 August 26, 2010 by calebian22

When did people ever do the right thing? Your nostalgia regarding human nature is misplaced. It has always been for profit and gain.
12:24 August 26, 2010 by miss79
nice propoganda alliance
21:46 August 26, 2010 by kenny8076
Calebian i was under the impression that Swedes cared more about their country and how they always brag about how beautiful it is as compared to the rest of world. i now know swedes are no different than the rest of the world, thanks to the article for pointing this out
12:49 August 27, 2010 by Twiceshy

There must be plenty of unused capacity at night. Cars should be set to charge at night.
09:07 November 23, 2010 by reilly1235
The most efficient in the sector of green autos are those which use alternative propulsion or an engine which curbs consumption of petrol as in the electric hybrid vehicles that use energy sources which are renewable.

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