The limit of the subsidy for electric Taxis in Greece is increased with the new program ‘Green Taxis’, which is part of the Recovery Fund and finances the replacement of old polluting taxis with purely electric taxis.
And the total subsidy for taxis may exceed EUR 20 000, which means that it is a very, very important subsidy. At the same time, a plan is being prepared to install charging infrastructure at the Taxi ranks.
The Minister of Infrastructure and Transport recalled that the incentives already given for the purchase or lease of electric cars and two-wheelers have brought results: In 2021, 6,967 electric cars were registered, when in 2019 only 480 were registered. The market share, from 0.4% in 2019 jumped to almost 7%.
He pointed out that: “Today, according to the official data of the EU, Greece is the EU country with the highest rate of change in the electric vehicle market”.
Mr Karamanlis underlined the transition to electromobility and the public transport sector. “The tender for the first 770 of the 1,300 new buses we have launched and is underway is fully in line with this goal.
The new buses will be of anti-pollution technology, either pure electric, hybrid and CNG,” he recalled and pointed out that when the new vehicles take to the streets, Athens will be the European city with the highest proportion of electric buses.”
The second axis of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport’s plan for electromobility – and equally important – is the infrastructure for easy charging. This is an issue which, as Mr Karamanlis pointed out, is also of concern to other European countries.
The Minister of Infrastructure and Transport said that of the 58 publicly accessible charging points that existed nationwide in 2019, today they have reached 1,200. “That is, within 2 years we have increased the number of charging points twentyfold”, he noted and pointed out that the agreement reached by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport with the concessionaires of the main motorways in our country contributed to this.
“Today the main road network of our country has coverage with chargers of 50kW and above, in density up to 60 km”, stressed Mr. Karamanlis and added: “And of course we do not stop here. Our goal is to have developed a network in 2025 approaching 12,000 charging points and by 2030 to have reached 25,000 chargers nationwide.”