In Greece with a new network consisting of at least 8,000 publicly accessible EV charging stations, it will be subsidised to promote electrification through “Greece 2.0”. They will be placed in strategic urban and suburban locations within cities and in points of interest (such as airports, motorways, ports and parking lots)
The relevant programme is expected to start no later than the 4th quarter of 2022, with the entry into force of the relevant ministerial decisions of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, which will determine the process of selecting the units, the mechanism for implementing the charging network, and the timetable for its completion. The project will be commissioned no later than the 4th quarter of 2023 to be completed in one year.
In the meantime, action to replace 2000 old taxis with 2000 new electric models is expected to be completed by the 4th quarter of 2024, as set out in the Annex to the Proposal for an Executive Decision of the European Council approving the evaluation of the National Recovery Plan “Greece 2.0”.
As has emerged from the recent statements of the Minister of the Environment and Energy, Costas Skrekas, funds of 40 million euros will be made available for the replacement of taxis from “Greece 2.0”. Under the programme, the subsidy will more than double the current levels of the ‘Electric Move’ and will amount to EUR 22,500, together with the withdrawal, from the current EUR 10,500.
A reform of the legislation on public service obligations for bus operators (BUS) is also in the works in line with the current EU acquis, which will enable bus operators outside Athens and Thessaloniki to invest safely in public transport electric vehicles. It will also carry out a feasibility study establishing an agency for electric transport, which will ensure appropriate planning and coordination between transport and energy infrastructures, regional and local authorities and other stakeholders in the field of research and the private sector.
In addition, through “Greece 2.0” funds will also be made available for the development of innovative business activities in electrification. In particular, support is provided for the development of over 10 installations with research and development departments for innovative products or services, such as recycling electric car batteries through the reuse of raw materials such as lithium and cobalt, or the design of electric vehicles and normal or high power charging points.