New program for electric vehicles in Greece

The Government massively encourages the population to use EVs and proposes a second program entitled “Eu memovo mevoelectrica 2”

To boost its electric car market, Greece has aligned itself with other European subsidy systems and launched its program about two years ago. “I move electrically-Κινούμαι Ηλεκτρικά”. At that time, 100 million euros were planned to subsidize the purchase of this type of vehicle, with the objective that by 2030 one in three new vehicles will be electric. With this program, Greece is making a big effort to introduce more electric cars and thus follow the example of the top 5 in the area: Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, Denmark and Germany, which alone have 73% of electric vehicles in Europe.

I move electrically 2 – Κινούμαι Ηλεκτρικά 2

But the efforts do not stop there, the Government last week launched a second round of subsidies for the acquisition of this type of vehicle. This new €50 million package is part of the “I move electrically 2” announced by Minister of Energy Kostas Skrekas and Secretary General for Energy Alexandra Sdoukou.

The Greeks only have to go to the government website and submit their application to benefit from a subsidy and thus be able to buy a car or a bicycle, a tricycle or an electric motorcycle at a very advantageous price.

In this new program we find that the amounts of subsidies granted by the government are between 30% and 40% and are among the highest in Europe. Here are some examples of what is presented to potential buyers:

  • Subsidy of 30% on the price excluding taxes on the purchase of an electric car with a maximum value of 8,000 euros.
  • Withdrawal bonus of 1,000 euros and allowance for the purchase of a charger of 500 euros.
  • Additional allowance of 1000 euros for the purchase of a car for a disabled person.
  • Additional allowance of 1000 euros for families with at least 3 dependent children (1000 euros for 3 dependent children plus 1000 euros per additional child).
  • 1000 euros extra when buying a car for young people up to 29 years old.
  • €4,000 extra per car for companies operating on the islands.
  • Subsidy to tour companies for the purchase of a maximum of 10 electric bicycles.

The problem remains the lack of charging stations which are not installed in all cities, but the government has planned a specific subsidy fund for the charging system for next year. Thessaloniki-based start-up MC Chargers has already gained fame and is developing its chargers for electric vehicles across the country.

The car “made in Greece”

At the same time, Next.e.GO, the German electric car brand, is also being talked about and could have real success in Greece in the coming years. A collaboration agreement was established between the Greek government, more precisely the Greek public agency for the promotion of investment and trade, and the German manufacturer of electric vehicles. Greece will then build a factory and thus create jobs for large-scale manufacturing of the new series called e. wave X presented for the first time by the player Neymar as Ambassador; enough to stimulate the Greek car industry and attract buyers with an estimated selling price of 25,000 euros.

The Enfield 8000, the electric car of the 70s

Our research on the subject has uncovered a little anecdote that should not be underestimated. One of the first electric cars was invented by a Greek and manufactured in Greece, more precisely on the island of Syros in 1960. The Greek millionaire based in the United Kingdom, Giannis Goulandris, had this pioneering idea to create the electric model l ‘Enfield 8000. for the first time in England, production later moved to Greece, where the company bears the name of Neorion-Enfield. In the 1970s, during the oil crisis, this type of car had great potential.

Carbon-free electric plane travel

And to finish off the electric feats, we also share with you that Aria Hotels, one of the hotel subsidiaries of the Libra group led by Georges Logothetis, is embarking on the electric plane travel project in Greece. A partnership has been established with LCI Aviation to offer its customers travel through its fifty properties by 2026, which will have access for vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL).

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