The German environmental badge and the vehicles types concerned

In order to establish what vehicle is allowed to obtain an environmental badge, and if yes, which one, it is necessary to classify the vehicle concerned amongst the vehicles types in the following classifications. Vehicle are divided in three groups-types, L, M and N:

  • A passenger car belongs to type M1: transport of persons up to 8 seats (plus driver's seat), total weight up to 3.5 tons
  • A bus belongs to type M2 or M3: transport of persons in more than 8 seats (plus driver's seat), weight between 3.5 and 5 tons corresponds to M2. The transport of persons in more than 8 seats (plus driver's seat) and a weight of more than 5 tons corresponds to M3
  • A commercial vehicle belongs to type N1: transport of goods, total weight up to 3.5 tons
  • A truck belongs to type N2 or N3: transport of goods, total weight more than 12 tons corresponds to N3
  • Motorcycles, mopeds, tricycles, and 4-wheel lightweight vehicles up to 400 kg belong to vehicle types L1-L7