Slovaks bought record amount of e-cars amid pandemic

Policies to increase the share of electric vehicles on the road and decarbonise power could help trigger global action on climate change, according to experts. [Scharfsinn / Shutterstock]

A record number of electrified passenger cars was registered in Slovakia last year, accounting for 11.8% of all new passenger motor vehicles (M1 category), according to statistics published by the Slovak Association of the Automotive Industry.

Although fewer vehicles were bought in Slovakia overall in 2020, the increase in e-cars purchased was supported by state subsidies, the association has said.

To promote sales of electric cars, the country’s economy ministry provided €5.2 million in 2016 in state subsidies – €5,000 for the individual purchase of an electric car and €3,000 for a plug-in hybrid. By comparison, the ministry provided subsidies worth €5 million last year with €8,000 for the individual purchase of an electric car and €5,000 for a plug-in hybrid.

The third round of state support – which the ministry does not expect to launch this year – will be financed from EU funds allocated for the 2021-2027 programming period. 

In 2020, a total of 918 electric cars were registered in a country of five million, which accounts for about 1.2% of all new cars. Total- and increasingly widespread mild-hybrids seem to attract the most attention of Slovak buyers. (Lucia Yar | EURACTIV.sk)

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