The French government is considering subsidizing more electric vehicles after receiving a massive 90,000 requests for the “social leasing” system. This program allows people to get an electric car for less than 100 euros per month. However, in order for this to happen, French manufacturers must “accelerate the pace” of production, according to Minister of Industry and Energy Roland Lescure.
Lescure stated that there is great demand for electric vehicles but not enough products made in France to meet that demand. He emphasized that only vehicles built in France or Europe are eligible for this subsidy. The government is currently considering financing “50,000 cars” instead of the initial 25,000, but Lescure stated that this will be done at a pace ensuring that cars made in China do not dominate the French automobile fleet.
Faced with strong demand, Christophe Béchu, Minister of Ecological Transition, assured that the government was working with car manufacturers to increase the number of available vehicles. Lescure noted that the system “may have to wait a little” to allow for production to catch up with the demand. French manufacturers are planning to launch several electric models in the coming months.
The “social leasing” program is currently reserved for French people with an income less than 15,400 euros who drive more than 8,000 km per year or live more than 15 km from their place of work. The rental is planned for three years renewable once and the State will finance each rental up to a maximum of 13,000 euros.