Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck should consider a climate tax for newly registered combustion cars and a higher tax on company cars. This emerges from a strategy paper by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

According to a press report, Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) is considering a new climate tax on new car registrations. This emerges from a strategy paper by the Federal Ministry of Economics, excerpts of which were available to the “Handelsblatt” on Tuesday. According to him, “a CO2-dependent climate tax for new car registrations in combination with a continuation of the e-car premium” makes sense. As a result, “e-cars of the same ranking could become cheaper than the respective combustion cars,” the paper says.

According to the “Handelsblatt”, the electric car models ID 3 and ID 4 from Volkswagen are mentioned as an example, which should be cheaper compared to the Golf. In addition, Habeck is also considering “an increase in company car taxation for fossil fuel burners” by “increasing the price of the monetary benefit for pure burners”, the newspaper reported from the strategy paper.

Company car taxation has been controversial for years. Last week, the federal government presented an immediate climate protection program because it had missed its climate targets, especially in the transport sector. A reform of the company car privilege was not part of the program.