Everything you need to know about THG in 2022 (Treibhausgasminderungsquote)
What Exactly is THG-Quote?
The German government is supporting the use of e-vehicles by providing different incentives, and (THG-Quote Treibhausgasminderungsquote/Greenhouse Gas Reduction Quota ) is one of them.
If you reduce or save co2 emissions in the transportation sector, for example by purchasing an e-scooter, you can receive some revenue per year from the government! Yes, you read that right. Whether you are a private owner of an e-vehicle or a business, you can earn reclaim money under “Greenhouse reduction quota” or THG.
How does your e-scooter get funded by THG-Quote?
The goal behind THG is to reduce greenhouse emissions in the transport sector. Companies that are either involved in petroleum products or emitting CO2 gases have to, in a way, finance emission-free and environmentally friendly projects. According to this bill passed by the German Government in 2021, the greenhouse gas reduction quota (Treibhausgasminderungsquote, THG) can now be claimed for electric scooters up to 45 km/h. You can read more about the new german bill about THG on the website of the Federal Environment Agency Of Germany.
Why getting an e-scooter and claiming a Greenhouse reduction bonus (THG) is a smart decision in 2022?
Whether you are a business customer or a private owner of e-mobility, THG payout is yearly! Over time, revenue from the THG bonus can almost pay back the full price of your e-vehicle. However, the price varies annually, hence the total savings can not be predicted at the beginning.
Just to give you an idea about the trend, the greenhouse gas reduction rate was 3% in 2015, and it will be increased to 22% by 2030. This implies stricter regulations and more THG obligations for companies producing emissions. Every year you might get more revenue for your e-scooter and as we said before eventually your purchase price is fully paid under this bonus.
If you want to know more about this Incentive, you can read more about THG / Greenhouse gas reduction quota in Germany: from its origin to the present day in this article.
Claiming THG for your e-scooter
To get the THG quota, you need the " Zulassungsbescheinigung Teil I" (registration certificate part I), which you can get from your "Zulassungsbehörde" (registration authority) through voluntary registration. This also means that you will get a proper licence plate through the registration authority. For this process, it can be helpful to inform your registration authority in advance.
Everything you need to know before applying to Greenhouse reduction quota
To apply for the THG premium, there are a few small hurdles to overcome, but in principle it is simple. You just have to know what to do. The THG is new, therefore not everyone at the official offices heard about it, so be patient and come prepared.
- To apply for the THG premium you have to say goodbye to the former topic "small GDV insurance licence plate" (if you currently still have GDV insurance for a small GDV licence plate still active). If you have bought a new vehicle, then the topic of GDV licence plates does not really concern you anymore anyway, because you will apply for registration in the office for the new vehicle and then take out your own motor vehicle liability insurance - but more about that in detail in a moment.
- In Germany 50cc scooters like the unu Scooter Pro & unu Scooter Classic are not required to be registered like cars or motorcycles, they are “zulassungbefreit” similar to speed pedelecs and e-kick scooters, therefore usually no customer registers them.
- They only require insurance and the insurance companies provide a corresponding insurance number plate, which is usually changed every year on March 1st to a new colour therefore insurance contracts have to be renewed for all scooters by End of February, every year.
- The following applies to everyone: you need the "Certificate of Registration Part I" to apply for the GHG bonus . You can get this from your vehicle registration office with the help of a “voluntary approval”.
- So you make an appointment at your local vehicle registration office on the subject of "first registration, voluntary registration, re-identification on request" etc.
- Everything you need to consider is nicely explained in this comment, even though It’s in German, the translation is a good enough guide for applying for THG.
How to apply for the THG for E-scooter like unu (up to 45km/h)
Follow the steps:
- 1you need the "Zulassungsbescheinigung Teil I" (registration certificate part I) to apply for the THG premium. You can get this at your car registration office with the help of a "voluntary registration".
- 2To qualify for the THG quota, scooters however need to be registered, which can be done by the local registration office for approximately 75€.
- 3You need following documents for the registration
- Valid Id card
- COC (Certificate of Conformity) of the electric scooter. This is provided by unu scooter for you. Proof of purchase / invoice: One more document which is provided by unu for THG registration.
- eVB (electronic insurance confirmation): eVB is available online & offline with many providers. One of the service providers is LVM versicherung.
- 1After the successful approval and the receipt of the "Certificate of Registration Part I" , you now have to decide whether to claim THG payout by yourself or avail a third party service.
- 2Either way you need "Registration Certificate Part I". More information about next steps can be found at the registration office or with the trusted resources online. More about claiming Treibhausgasminderungsquote with service providers is briefly explained in the next section.