Tesla is defeated in the legal dispute over electric car funding


Tesla has suffered a legal defeat in the legal battle over environmental bonuses for expensive electric cars. The company failed with a lawsuit before the Frankfurt Administrative Court against the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (Bafa), which pays out the environmental bonus for the federal government.

The authority had removed the Tesla Model S from the list of eligible cars for a few weeks in autumn 2017. Reason: The basic version, which just fits into the funding framework of a maximum of 60,000 euros net final price, was not available in stores at the time. The car was later recognized as eligible again.

The Frankfurt judges did not want to recognize any administrative act in the Bafa’s decision, as the judiciary announced today. Tesla could also not claim any damage. According to the court, the manufacturer had reimbursed around 1000 customers the lost environmental bonus of 2000 euros, a total of around 2 million euros. The judges decided that Tesla was not obliged to do so.

At the same time, they dismissed the lawsuits of two Tesla buyers who opposed the fact that the Bafa had already granted Environmental bonuses demanded back again. Appeals can still be lodged against the judgments.


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