Bonus - for low emission vehicles

On 1 July 2018, the five year vehicle tax relief for cars previously called "green cars" was removed, and the "reward for super green cars" was replaced by a bonus for low emission vehicles ("klimatbonusbilar"). For zero emission vehicles the maximum bonus is 60,000 SEK.

Find here a translation of the definition of low emission vehicle*. The Swedish definition is found in the Swedish Ordinance (2017:1334) on Low Emission Vehicles.

 


* In this ordinance, low emission vehicle refers to a private car, a light lorry or a light bus that:

  1. is type approved in accordance with Chapter 3 of the Swedish Vehicle Ordinance (2009:211);
  2. meets the emission requirements contained in Regulation (EC) No715/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2007 on type approval of motor vehicles with respect to emissions from light passenger and commercial vehicles (Euro 5 and Euro 6) and on access to vehicle repair and maintenance information, in the wording of Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/1151; and
  3. according to the data stated in the Swedish vehicle register:
  • a) emits a maximum of 60 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre; or
  • b) is equipped with technology enabling the use of fuel gas other than liquefied petroleum gas.
  • The bonus is calculated on the basis of a number of different parameters with different conditions for private individuals and companies. The company type private firm ("enskild firma") also counts as a company when the bonus is calculated.
  • The bonus may be equal to a maximum of 25 per cent of the price charged for the new car when the car model was first introduced on the Swedish market.
  • For pure electric cars and hydrogen cars with zero emissions, the highest possible bonus is 60,000 SEK. The bonus will then be reduced by 833 SEK for every gram of CO2 emitted by the low emission vehicle per kilometre according to the data stated in the Swedish vehicle register.
  • For vehicles that can be powered by gas other than liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), the bonus is at least 10,000 SEK. For companies, however, the bonus may not come up to 10,000 SEK due to the maximum limit referred to in the paragraph below. An example of gas qualifying for bonus is vehicle gas made up of a mixture of biogas and natural gas.
  • A bonus to a company may come up to a maximum amount of 35 per cent of the difference between the price charged for the new low emission vehicle when the car model is first introduced on the Swedish market, and the price of the nearest comparable new car*, if the price of the new low emission vehicle is higher than the price of the nearest comparable new car.

* Comparable car" refers, somewhat simplified, to a car of the same make and model, and with the same equipment as the low emission vehicle - but fossil-powered.

You can have a bonus if you buy a low emission vehicle and put it into use after 30 June 2018 and before 1 January 2021, on condition that the car

  • has not been in use before, in Sweden or abroad
  • is a private car class I or class II (camper), light lorry or light bus
  • is type approved in accordance with Chapter 3 of the Swedish Vehicle Ordinance (2009:211)
  • meets the emission requirements for Euro 5 or Euro 6
  • according to the data stated in the Swedish vehicle register emits a maximum of 60 grams of CO2 per kilometre or can be powered by gas other than liquefied natural gas (LNG), for example hydrogen, methane or producer gas
  • at the time of payment of the bonus, has not changed owners, been deregistered or been modified in such a way that it no longer meets the technical requirements.

Please note that when it comes to leased cars, the lessor is considered as the owner and is the one who might be entitled to a bonus.

For a bonus to be paid to you, as a vehicle owner you have to submit an assurance to the Swedish Transport Agency within six months of the purchase of the low emission vehicle. When a low emission vehicle is put into use for the first time, the Swedish Transport Agency will send you some information along with a form where your are to give your assurance.

We need the assurance from private individuals and companies alike in order to calculate the size of the bonus for the low emission vehicle.

Private individual or private firm (enskild firma)?

If you have bought the car as a private individual, all you need to do is state this in the assurance and sign the form. But if you have a private firm and have bought the car through your firm, you have to state that on the form. This is because a private firm is a type of company, and the bonus is calculated in different ways for private individuals and companies. But regardless of whether you have bought the car as a private individual or through your private firm, it will be registered on your personal identity number. For this reason, we need to know if you have bought it as a private individual or through your firm.

In other respects, private firms have to submit the same information in the assurance as other types of company.

Companies

All companies must state if they have received any other Government or municipal support in connection with the purchase of the car, and if there is any other circumstance that prevents them from being entitled to the bonus.

You have six months to complete the assurance

If we have not received the assurance within six months of the purchase of the car, no bonus will be paid to you. The assurance must be submitted in the original, since it will be machine-read.

Do you have giro account ("plusgiro" or bank giro) registered in the Swedish vehicle register? In that case, the money will be paid into that account.

Otherwise, the bonus will be paid out via Swedbank's payment system. On the web page swedbank.se/kontoregister, you can enter and update your account details, regardless of which bank you have your account with. If Swedbank does not have your account details when the bonus is to be paid out, you will instead receive a money order slip.

In the account statement, the car's registration number + BNS will be stated as a payment reference, e.g. "MLB84A BNS". The Swedish Transport Agency will not send you any further confirmation of the payment.

At the time of payment of the bonus, the car must not have changed owners, been deregistered or been modified in such a way that it no longer meets the technical requirements for low emission vehicles.

The bonus will be paid out at the earliest six months after the purchase of the low emission vehicle. The first payments were made in January 2019.

Modifications of weight, dimensions, environmental data or other data, as well as additions of new technical data not included in the type approval.

Examples of modifications affecting the vehicle's type approval:

  • post-conversion enabling the use of alternative fuel
  • modification of the engine
  • additions
  • conversions.

One of the conditions for receiving the bonus is that the vehicle is type approved in accordance with Chapter 3 of the Swedish Vehicle Ordinance (2009:211). If one or several of the vehicle's technical data no longer correspond to the original data, the vehicle's type approval ceases to be valid.

Modifications that do not usually affect the car's type approval include installation of taximeter, adaptation for use as a driving school car and elementary disability adjustment. If you have any questions about this, you are best advised to ask the vehicle inspection company before the registration inspection.

When a low emission vehicle is put into use for the first time according to the Swedish vehicle register, the Swedish Transport Agency will initiate the matter immediately by sending the owner an assurance form. Counting from the date of purchase, the person or company that bought the car has six months to submit the assurance.

At the earliest six months after the purchase of the new car, the Swedish Transport Agency will examine whether or not a bonus will be paid. The car must not change owners until the bonus has been paid out. That is to say, the owner must be the same when the car is first put into use according to the vehicle register, and when the bonus is paid out. Otherwise, no bonus will be paid.

By way of example, a car dealer may not put a low emission vehicle into use day 1 and then register a change of ownership with the final customer as a new owner day 2. In that case, the car has changed owners after it was first put into use, and the conditions for receiving the bonus will not be met when the matter is examined by the Swedish Transport Agency.

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