The state wants to continue to subsidize the purchase of electric cars in order to equalize the price gap between more expensive electric cars and automobiles with internal combustion engines, with the ultimate goal of reducing the amount of exhaust gas.
The government has previously offered up to €5,000 in grants to help people buy electric automobiles through application rounds. According to Indrek Gailan, the chief of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications’ transport development division, research done in June proved that the measure could be maintained. In the fall, a final plan will be developed.
“These [application] rounds have been conducted irregularly. Our hope is for these rounds to take place regularly. Consumers would then know ahead of time and could also consider the support package during their purchase. Consultants also said the current level of support for electric cars, which we have implemented – €5,000 per car – is okay in terms of size,” Gailan said.
Arno Sillat, CEO of the Estonian Association of Car Sales and Service Companies (AMTEL), believes that without the support measure, fewer electric cars would be purchased. Manufacturers receive less money from electric vehicle sales than they do from combustion engine sales, but they are compelled to make them due to EU regulations that aim to ban the sale of internal combustion engines by 2035.
The EU’s focus on electric automobiles, according to the leader of the car dealership and service center association, is to ideally replace lithium-based engines with a superior alternative. While electric automobiles are excellent for cities, he stressed that in rural areas, lack of infrastructure and greater distances might be huge barriers.
Madis Vasser, a member of the Estonian Green Movement’s board of directors, believes that better options must also be available in cities. He went on to say that societal solutions, not simply technological ones, should be pursued.
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