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In Greece preparing to transfer to electric cars

The Greek government urged citizens to take the public transport run on electricity and promises a lot of incentives. The authorities promise to potential buyers of the grant, savings, low or zero taxes, free Parking and, of course, clean air.

Only in the first stage, the government subsidizes 100 million euros over 18 months for the purchase of a new car type. It is expected that grants will cover 25% of the cost of approximately 14 thousand new electric cars, benefit in conjunction with the environmental bonus and the respective tax benefits will be close to 10 thousand euros.

And the benefits relate not only to cars, but in General, transportation on the motors, buses, motorcycles, mopeds, bicycles, scooters.

The goal is that by 2030, every third car in Greece was on electric.

The bill of the electric vehicle submitted for public discussion until July 1.

Greek climate allows the use of electric cars: in the winter of practically no snow, and temperatures generally remain below zero when batteries are very discharged quickly.

In 2019 in Greece has sold a total of 478 of electric vehicles (battery - BEV or rechargeable hybrids - PHEV), which is only 0.42 percent of total car sales. However, in the first four months 2020 sales of this category of cars has increased: it sold 214 cars, while the share for the four months amounted to 0.9%, said the Association of car importers (SEEA).

According to estimates by market players, this year sales of electric cars could reach 2 million, and in 2021 – double.

To help the sales have promised incentives. The authorities in Athens said that in the historic districts of Plaka and the triangle Trade entry will only be allowed for electric vehicles, they will be free Parking 30 charging stations.

The government began a broad campaign for the transition to electric cars and touts their benefits.

"Electric transport - more environmentally friendly form of transportation. One bus with an electric motor saves up to 31.8 thousand liters of gasoline annually. One private electric car saves 1.3 million gallons of gasoline and 2.5 tons of CO2 per year", - stated in the materials of the Ministry of environment and energy of Greece for the presentation of the program of transition to electric vehicles.

"Renewing the fleet of vehicles in Greece, we participate in the European plan to reduce CO2 by 170 million tons by 2030," said the Ministry.

Now the average age of the Greek fleet is 15.7 years and the average age of taxi vehicles – 12 years.

According to experts, the operation of electric vehicles is much cheaper than cars with internal combustion engines. Travel 10 thousand kilometres per year will cost 1200 euros for the car on petrol and € 420 for an electric vehicle with a single electricity tariff. If you charge your electric car at night, night electricity tariffs, the cost drops to 220 euros.

For 50 euros on the car with the engine you can drive 420 miles, on the electric - 1190 kilometers when charging only during the day, and if you charge it only at night, 2270 kilometers.

Contents electric car costs 100 euros per year, and the usual car – 350 euros.

The government promises tax breaks. Motor vehicle tax on ordinary car is on average 150 Euro per year, electric vehicles temporarily exempt from paying it.

Free (for the next few years) will be Parking an electric vehicle, while the conventional car owner will have to pay an average of 200 euros per year.

As a result, in a year when "the reel of" 10 of thousands of miles a conventional car costs about 1900 euros, and the electric vehicle 500 euros, estimated by experts.

The government promises significant tax credits on the purchase of electric vehicles and investing in the electric vehicle.

Together with electric power, and promote two-wheeled and three-wheeled motorcycles and scooters that run on electricity, electric bikes. Owners of private electric vehicles will provide different environmental bonuses in amounts from 800 to 5 thousand euros. Even greater benefits will be given to the entrepreneurs who are changing the transport from petrol engines to electric vehicles.

"The government wants to bring our country to the forefront of Europe in this field", - said the Minister of environment and energy, Kostis Hatzidakis in connection with the issuance of the bill "a Transition to low-emission mobility: measures for the promotion and functioning of the market of electric power".

"The world and Europe are moving rapidly into a new era. The environment makes this necessary transition, and technological advances come to the rescue. Electric traction is not a hobby, this new ecological way to travel," said the Minister.

He urged all to buy electric and hybrid vehicles.

"We expect the participation of all, especially young people, because we are talking not only about cars but about two-wheeled transport, and bicycles. Together we can create the conditions for green transport in Greece", said Hatzidakis.

In his opinion, the proposed incentives and the introduction of mandatory quotas in public procurement "clean" vehicles in the modernization of the fleet will lead to the fact that 25% of new cars from August 2021 are expected to be electric.

Mandatory "green" selection criteria and evaluation are introduced when conducting public sector tenders related to the use of vehicles.

"Green turn" is a choice, first of all political, said earlier the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, with the presentation of the plan for the transition to electric.

According to him, the transition to a new "greener" way of life allows you to create a new model of social behaviour and culture of everyday life, which will determine the climate in Greece in the coming decades. The Prime Minister said that the immediate goal is to make a significant leap in development: to attract investments in the industry of electric vehicles, in the sector of electrification, and creating incentives.

According to Mitsotakis, which began in 1882 when Thomas Edison, the battle between electricity and oil have not been finally resolved, and after 130 years, the electricity takes over.

"In Norway, half the new cars on the road electric. With 2035 in England will no longer sell cars the old technology. Norway has set this limit even earlier - in 2025. Very large countries that are economically lagging behind of Greece, such as India, set a limit on the ban vehicles with internal combustion engines in 2030," said Mitsotakis.

According to him, in Greece today the percentage of electric barely more than 0.33%.

"A country with such great potential in green energy has such a small penetration of electric mobility. So Greece finally ready to connect to the outlet of the future", - said Mitsotakis.

According to him, today the national goal of Greece is less ambitious than the goals of other countries.