Jun 8, 2020 - 12:58 pm

Greece introduces purchase subsidy for electric vehicles

The Greek government has announced extensive subsidies to foster electric mobility in the country. The goal is for one in three new vehicles in Greece to be electric in 2030 as the country introduces buying premiums as well as charging infrastructure advances.

In the first phase, Greece holds a 100-million-euro budget for purchase premiums over a period of 18 months. Specifically, electric cars and light commercial vehicles will be subsidized with 15% of the purchase price. In the case of electric taxis, the state will even cover 25% of the costs. Together with tax breaks, electric vehicles are to become up to 10,000 euros cheaper. Besides, electric cars will be exempt from parking fees for two years. According to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the plan also stipulates that “every new building should have the infrastructure to charge electric vehicles”.

The e-Mobility measures are part of a ten-year climate protection plan that the government has now announced. In addition to electric cars, motorcycles and bicycles are also to be promoted. According to a report by the Reuters news agency, the proportion of electric cars in Greece is currently only 0.3 per cent.

The plan also provides for the establishment of charging stations throughout the country. The Greek energy supplier PPC, together with private companies, is to install 1,000 charging stations throughout Greece in the next two to three years, and in the medium term another 10,000 charging stations. Two Memorandums of Understanding have already been signed for this purpose, which, according to a Greek specialist portal, are “probably to be announced soon”. However, there are still no details on the expansion of the charging infrastructure.

Prime Minister Mitsotakis also announced that a Greek island is to become a pioneer in a model project. The as-yet-unnamed island is to run exclusively with electric vehicles.

reuters.com, protothema.gr, kathimerini.gr (in Greek), energypress.eu (charging stations)


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