Share greenhouse gases as premium electrical motorbike |

Owners of electric scooters and electric motorbikes can make money with the share of reducing greenhouse gases by selling CO2 certificates. This is also possible for vehicles with a speed of 45 km / h.

Certificate trading is the key word. For years, Tesla made billions selling carbon credits. Since 2015, the greenhouse gas quota (GHG quota) has set targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions for oil companies. Since 2019, electricity has also been rewarded with greenhouse gas quotas as an environmentally friendly, low-emissions fuel. And since 2022, up to three times are counted. Owners of electric scooters and electric scooters can now take advantage of this, provided the vehicles are at least 125 class. So nothing can be won with fast cars of 45 km/h.

Markus Wendt of technology company The Mobility House explains on the MOOVE podcast how making money with a greenhouse gas stake works.

It does not matter whether the electricity is green or not

Whether the electricity for an electric car comes from a renewable source is (still) currently not relevant. Owners of electric scooters or electric motorcycles can charge their cars with electricity with coal and then sell their certificates for a coal-fired electricity producer, some might think at this point. In theory yes. In practice, “But no one can sequester electricity from just coal. Compared to other types of driving, an electric car almost always saves CO2 in operation because it is so much more efficient,” says auto-motor colleague Gregor Hebermell. -und-sport .de regarding the electric vehicle trade certificate.

Be it private or commercial

In addition, the percentage of green electricity in Germany has increased rapidly in recent years: “According to the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), the percentage of net green electricity in Germany was 50.5 percent for the first time in 2020 – more than half of the electricity generated was very sustainable. (…) ”, says Hebermel. The article on goes to say:

“It does not matter whether a vehicle is privately or commercially registered for the license – owners of several vehicles can also sell a certificate for each individual vehicle. Costs are calculated based on the fixed value determined by the Federal Ministry of the Environment (BMU), which is subject to annual adjustment. Announced BMU reports 1943 kWh value for 2022. The electric vehicle owner’s BMU attributes the carbon dioxide difference that occurs when generating 1943 kWh with gasoline.”

Each owner can apply for a certificate from BMU themselves, but processing through an intermediary is more reasonable. For large clients, such as coal-fired power plant operators, the administrative burden for small individual certificates is very high. In the meantime, the start-up scene has already been fully developed, which collects the testimonials of individual vehicle owners and presents them in groups. The brokers then earn their money with a commission that is deducted from the proceeds of the certificate holders. Our colleagues from Luca Leicht and Gerd Stegmaier from auto-motor-und-sport explain exactly how this works in their podcast with Marcus Wendt.

The fee depends on the vehicle category

Depending on the provider and market value, the certification proceeds for 2022 will likely be between 250 and 350 euros. The amount of the bonus also depends on the class of the car. Since the Federal Ministry of the Environment only distinguishes between three categories of greenhouse gas premiums – M1 (cars), N1 (commercial vehicles) and M3 (buses) – all electric two-wheelers automatically fall into the vehicle category and also collect the same premium. To apply, owners only need a vehicle registration document (Registration Certificate Part I). The note “electrician” must be entered in the field p. 3. Payment is made once a year. The amount fluctuates due to the ever-changing legal and economic framework. This income is taxable, but may fall under the appropriate exemption limit for the type of income, with an exemption of up to € 256 per year.

GHG premium also for 45km/h vehicles

Class L1e/L1e-A vehicles, i.e. 45 km/h electric scooters, 45 km/h electric scooters, and S-Pedelecs can also benefit from the new regulations. “However, the first part of the registration certificate, the so-called vehicle registration document, is required for successful certification, just as with an electronic vehicle,” according to information from provider Elektro This means that instead of a normally sufficient insurance number, owners must voluntarily register their 45 km/h two-wheeler. This works the same way it does with a car or motorcycle. Taxes are not due for this and HU is still not required. Like all electric scooters and e-motorcycles, two-wheeled bikes with a speed of 45 km/h can get the same reward as an e-car.


To what extent it makes sense to allow electricity from non-renewable sources to be circulated in certificates is questionable. But given the fact that there are no other support options for electric motorcycles in Germany, the GHG share is better than nothing. And if the annual premium is paid through the premium, then every owner will be happy.

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