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Greece to give incentives for the purchase and use of electric cars

Greece plans to give incentives in order to promote the use of electric cars. These incentives could be tax cuts, lower duties, subsidizing the prices and even free parking, the government said on Monday. There are also plans to link the country’s tourism with the electric transport.

The Greek government wants to promote the use of electric cars and natural gas in transport, along with expanding the use of bio-fuel. The actions are part of the country’s plan to reduce emission, Environment and Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said on Monday.

Addressing an Ecomobility Conference in Athens, Hatzidakis said the ministry was examining plans to offer incentives for the purchase and use of electric cars and made special mention of an idea for linking the country’s tourist product with electric transport.

“On the islands, electric cars have no problem of autonomy. It’s worth adding clean transport to the islands’ brand,” he said.

The Greek minister said a National Plan for Energy and Climate included a goal that one in three new vehicles will be electric by 2030.

He acknowledged that this goal sounded ambitious today, but noted that developments and technological progress could surpass this goal in the future.

Hatzidakis said the government planned to support domestic production of bio-fuel and presented plans to promote use of CNG in light vehicles and LNG in heavy vehicles and shipping.

The national plan envisages the development of 8 LNG fuel stations and 55 CNG fuel stations by 2030 (from 15 at present).

Addressing the conference, Alexandra Sdoukou, secretary-general of Energy and Raw Materials, said the environment and energy ministry was examining plans to offer financial incentives for the purchase of electric cars (tax cuts and lower duties, or subsidizing the purchase price) along with other incentives to facilitate their use, such as free parking.

She noted that electric cars accounted for less than 1.0 pct of total car sales in 2019 in Greece and stressed that according to EU data, Athens – along with Milan – have the highest emissions rate from transport and vehicles (75 pct) and this was related to the fact that Greece has one of the more aged car fleets in the EU. – via amna

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  1. Interesting. So where is the electricity going to come from to power these cars?

    How much is it going to cost to create this network of charging stations through out Greece?

    Who is funding all of this?

    How much is the cost of a electric car going to be?

    I think at this time it would be more realistic to focus on Gas powered vehicles including converting existing cars to Gas and drawing of Greeces huge gas reserves.

    A nationalised program to train citizens to become conversion engineers would help create more jobs and prospects.

    Given that Greece has over 300 days of sunshine on average per year Greece might be better to focus on investing in and developing solar power for homes and businesses and again building a nationalised training program for its citizens to boost employment prospects.

    Greece has all the potential to be the greatest country on earth and has an amazing future as a world leader but has much to do…

  2. (Good points, Shaun.)

    Are any incentives being discussed to encourage the installation of photovoltaic panels combined with energy storage capability, most likely batteries?