Parliament and government lend a hand to the Italian car industry, crushed by the pandemic. The 2021 budget law created the conditions for a support intervention which, essentially, resumes the scheme of incentives on cars launched last summer with the conversion law of the Relaunch Decree. But this time the new measure aimed at the scrapping of cars with more than ten years.

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The Honorable Gianluca Benamati
The Honorable Gianluca Benamati

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2021 incentive engine, the Honorable Gianluca Benamati (born in 1962, from Bologna, chemical engineer and researcher), leader of the Pd group in the Chamber’s Productive Activities Commission, has already worked on the 2020 incentives. For 2021 there are 420 million euros destined to support the automotive sector – he explains the parliamentarian elected in the Emilia Romagna district -, to which must be added another 370 million euros deriving from the so-called “eco-bonuses” and another 20 million tax credit that allow a 40 percent discount in favor of those who buy an electric car with price not exceeding 36,600 euros and owner of an income, Isee certified, of less than 30,000 euros per year. To all this, and these are significant figures, we must add a fund of another 50 million reserved for those who buy commercial vehicles: in this case the incentives will be paid not only based on the type of propulsion, but also on the mass of the vehicle.

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The provision will come into effect as early as January 1st2021?
S. For those who choose to buy a full electric car or a vehicle with emissions between 0 and 20 g / km of CO2 – continues Benamati -, there will be, as in 2020, 2,000 euros of extra bonuses by scrapping a vehicle with 10 or more years of life, to which will be added the 2,000 euro discount applied by those who sell. If you buy a new car, without radiation, the extra bonus will drop to 1,000. In other words, by adding the “green” bonuses to the incentives, you can get a discount of 10 thousand euros.

Important discounts also for vehicles with emissions between 21 and 60 g / km of CO2, basically plug-in hybrids.
cos. Also for these cars, in the event of scrapping, there is an incentive of 2,000 euros, plus 2,000 from those who sell, plus the eco-bonus. Thus the total benefit can reach 8,000 euros. Even for vehicles included in this range there is the option of buying without scrapping, but in doing so, state aid drops to 1,000 euros.

Finally, there is a third bandof vehicles interested in the incentives: those with internal combustion engines or non-plug-in hybrids.
In this case the emissions, calculated with the WLTP standard (the only one in force from next year, ed), must be between 61 and 135 g / km of CO2. Here there is also a novelty compared to 2020, the incentive will be paid only in the face of scrapping and will be 3,500 euros: 1,500 from the state and 2,000 from the seller.

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These new incentives will be activefor all 2021?
Yes, for electric and plug-in hybrids. While for the vehicles belonging to the third band and the commercial ones the validity of the provision stops on June 30th.

Why focus on incentives again?
Because the ones in place last summer, despite the short period in which the funds were available, worked well. On the one hand, they have proven to be useful as an emergency measure to support an essential sector of our economy. On the other hand, thanks to the scrapping of older cars, they have contributed to the defense of the environment. Third, but not least, a factor that increases safety with newer cars. But this measure, especially if addressed to conventional cars, is only a first step. We are convinced that it is essential to build a broader structural framework that concerns the industrial policy of our country and also involves social and environmental policies. In other words, especially when there will be a choice on how to spend the resources that will come from the Recovery Funds well, discussing how to develop and support the automotive supply chain towards new engines (for example the electric one) and new technologies will be indispensable. Research and innovation, professional training and supply chain support are the axes on which we must focus in order to relaunch the sector. Our European partners such as France and Germany are also making similar arguments. We in Italy must not miss the opportunity.

Was the renewal of the incentives an initiative of the majority?
Yes, but it must be recognized that this time it was the entire Parliament that collaborated to bring the measure into being. There was a shared path between the majority and the opposition with the Government, led by the Minister of the Economy Roberto Gualtieri, who collaborated in seeking and finding the resources to put into play.

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