The aim is to reduce the environmental impact of transport
The Plan for the Promotion of Electric Mobility in Cyprus, with the aim of promoting the purchase of vehicles with zero or low emissions and the use of alternative modes of transportation, will be presented on Thursday by the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Alexis Vafeadis.
As stated by the Government Spokesman Constantinos Letympiotis, the purpose of the plan is to promote the purchase of vehicles with zero or low emissions and the use of alternative modes of transportation, thus achieving a reduction in the environmental impact of transport, and specifically the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions ( CO2) and gaseous pollutants.
The promotion, he said, of electric mobility is part of the General Policy Framework for the Promotion of the Use of Electric Vehicles of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works and the Cyprus National Plan for Energy and Climate (ESEK).
According to the General Policy Framework for the Promotion of the Use of Electric Vehicles, a target is set for 25% of new vehicle registrations in 2030 to be pure electric vehicles and by 2035 this percentage will increase to 100%.
The spokesperson stated that from the data of the Statistical Service, it appears that in the last year there has been an increase in the number of vehicle registrations, which are charged from the electricity network.
Specifically, he said that the registrations of electric saloon cars in 2023 were 995 compared to 512 in 2022, showing an increase of 94.34%, while the increase compared to 2020 is of the order of 1175% after 78 electric saloon cars had been registered in 2020. In 2023, 273 electric motorcycles were registered compared to 192 in 2022, while 40 electric buses were registered, a category for which there was no registration in the years 2022 and 2021 and 1 registration for 2020
The percentage of electric on the registrations of the year was for 2020 0.69%, in 2021 it was 0.89%, in 2022 it was 2.19% and in 2023 it reached 2.91%.
From the data, he said, the increase in the use of electric vehicles can be seen, adding that considering that the plan began to be implemented in January 2022, its contribution to the steep increase in pure electric cars and plug-in hybrids is evident. However, we are still far from the goal set for 2030.
The 3rd call will be implemented in the two years 2024 – 2025 and its budget amounts to €36 million, with the total budget of the project amounting to €53 million. The project is financed by the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism of the European Union, within the framework of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (RESP) of Cyprus.
The Spokesperson noted that in the 3rd announcement the amount of sponsorship for the categories concerning vulnerable population groups has been significantly increased, compared to the 1st and 2nd announcements. More specifically, in the plan there are special categories for beneficiaries of a disabled vehicle and for families with many children, both for the withdrawal of an old polluting vehicle and the purchase of a new low CO2 emission (up to 50 g/km) category M1 (saloon) as well as for sponsorship for the purchase of a new zero emission vehicle CO2 emission category M1 (saloon).
For the withdrawal and purchase of a low CO2 emission vehicle the sponsorship amount increases to €15,000 compared to €10,000 (1st and 2nd announcement), while for the purchase of a zero CO2 emission vehicle the sponsorship amount increases to €20,000 compared to €12,000 ( 1st and 2nd announcement). The said increases concern both population groups mentioned above.
Furthermore, Mr Letympiotis said that the amount of sponsorship for the purchase of a new CO2 zero-emission taxi vehicle has been increased to €20,000 compared to €15,000 in the previous plan.
“With the implementation of the above announcement, it is expected that further impetus will be given to the penetration of the above vehicles into the fleet of vehicles circulating in Cyprus, and at the same time the opportunity will be given to people who fall into the above population groups groups to acquire an environmentally friendly vehicle, which requires low running costs” he concluded.