Is environmental bonus environmental?

Transport in France accounts for 34% of CO2 emissions, according to Ademe figures. In order to encourage the purchase of cleaner vehicles, the Government has introduced the ecological bonus system. But we can also ask ourselves if encouraging the purchase of a vehicle is an ecological solution since we have just said that it is a major source of CO2 emissions. Should we not rather encourage alternative means of transport? In short, let’s skip this controversy, the subject is not there… Some modifications in the conditions for obtaining such benefits have been made in recent days. In this article, we return to the various subsidies set up by the State in favour of greener cars and what will change in 2011.


An ecological bonus system (bonus) financially rewards buyers of new vehicles emitting a limited amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) per kilometre. To find out the CO2 emission level of your vehicle, it is possible to use the teleservice offered by the Ademe by indicating the make, model and version of the car.

Aid is paid to any natural person domiciled in France, at the time of first registration, for the purchase or lease (under conditions) of a new vehicle if its CO2 emission rate does not exceed 125 grams of CO2/km in 2010. The 2010 bonus (in the table below) applies to cars ordered or leased on or after January 1, 2010. The only condition to obtain this bonus is to start the process at most 6 months after the purchase of the vehicle.

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