From 2024, electric cars are also to be subject to automobile tax. The Federal Council has opened a corresponding consultation.

Until now, electric cars were exempt from the automobile tax of 4% (on the import price) in order to create market-based incentives for the development of electromobility, among other things. With the strong growth of electromobility, the initial situation has changed in the meantime and leads to a high tax loss due to the exemption, which is charged to the National Road and Agglomeration Transport Fund (NAF).

The taxation of electric cars is part of the adjustment concept for the state budget, which the Federal Council adopted at its meeting on January 25, 2023.

The consultation period for the amendment to the Automobile Tax Ordinance runs from April 5, 2023 to July 12, 2023.

The full media release is available here, and the draft of the amended Automobile Tax Ordinance is available here.