Ethanol. Regions that fund your business E85

Superethanol is on the rise. This fuel, consisting of up to 85% ethanol, is attracting more and more French people. According to industry data, its consumption increased by 33% in 2021 (up from 4% in 2020). Reason for success? Very attractive pump cost, largely offsetting the overflow of about 25% that it generates. If the number of new cars that accept this fuel as soon as they leave the factory is limited, E85 boxes can be used to convert almost all petrol models completely legally, provided that:

  • that they are compatible with SP-95 E10 (approximately 98% of the fleet)
  • that they meet at least the Euro 3 emission standard.
E85 is cheaper at the gas station…
filling with super ethanol
…but makes people consume more.

Where to install your kit, at what price?

The kit is installed by a professional. Transformation costs between 700 and 800 euros, including installation. Significant costs, but which can be reduced by financial bonuses offered in certain regions. In total, in some areas, the cost of installing a box can be maintained up to 60-80%. Overview of financial assistance available in France.

Hauts-de-France region

Hauts-de-France grants from 1uh January 2019, assistance is set at 40% of the conversion cost. vehicle within €400. This financial support is for individuals who own a vehicle between the ages of 2 and 18 with a tax capacity of no more than 10 tax horsepower.

For residents of the Somme department (80), the community completes a regional assistance device that covers 20% of the installation cost up to 150 €. The departmental bonus is obtained on the terms of the resources. Basic tax income must not exceed 57,600 euros per year per family (28,800 euros per person). Applications must be submitted by December 31, 2022.

The Department of Aisne (02) also provides assistance modulated according to the benchmark income: it supports between 20% (up to 200 euros) and 40% (up to 400 euros) of the conversion. This is in addition to regional assistance.

Greater East Region

In Grand Est, after success 3as well as issuing an operation of 1,000 boxes of 1 €, the region will finance 5,000 boxes of E85 up to 550 €. This assistance is intended for individuals. The vehicle must be over 4 years old and registered with the regional department.

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region

installation of the e85 box
The installation of the box must be carried out by a professional.

The Southern Region, mobilized since 2019 on the issue of switching to E85, doubled the amount of its “bioethanol transition check” on January 1, 2019.uh March. Assistance increases from 250 to 500 euros within 50% of the total cost. It is intended for residents, businesses and associations of the PACA region. This increase applies to any invoice paid between 1uh March and June 30, 2022 inclusive. The device should allow the conversion of about 10,000 vehicles.

Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region

There is no increase regionally in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes.

On the other hand, the municipality of La Tour-du-Pins (38) offers assistance to its citizens, which is limited to 500 euros. The cost of installing the kit depends on the income received by the household:

  • Net taxable income < €30,000: 50% assistance
  • Net tax income from EUR 30 to EUR 50,000: 40% assistance
  • Net tax income > EUR 50,000: 30% assistance

The municipality of Grigny (69) voted at the end of January 2022 for a financial support of 100 euros. for the first 10 files submitted to the mayor’s office. Refunds are made after the vehicle has been re-registered. After 10 in the municipality’s environmental service, we were told that they would look into the requests.

Aquitaine region

In Aquitaine, there is no financial assistance at the regional level either. On the other hand, city ​​of Libourne (33) lends a helping hand in its subtleties. Municipal assistance varies from 200 to 400 euros depending on income conditions.

Libourne E85 conversion


Île-de-France region

There is no more help in Île-de-France than in the two regions mentioned above. Only the municipality of Dammarie-les-Lys (77) plays this game and offers 50% case support with a maximum ceiling of 400 euros until 2023. The City will fund the system for vehicles less than 8 fiscal horsepower registered after 2000 upon presentation of an invoice from an approved mechanic who installed the box.

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