10 April 2012

Electric mobility takes off in Estonia and Bulgaria

Estonia launched an Electric Mobility Programme in 2011, which sought to introduce electric cars using funds from the Kyoto protocol system. The Ministry of Social Affairs bought 507 electric cars as samples, which it grants to state bodies through an application system. The first five electric cars were given to social workers on 21 October 2011. The cars are specially customized for cold climates.

In the first application round, the Ministry of Social Affairs received applications for 379 electric cars, while additional applications are expected from local governments for the remaining 128. An international public procurement tender is currently under way to establish the charging network, and the winner will be determined by the end of 2012. Electric chargers will be installed at all local government buildings participating in the project, allowing convenient charging during working hours.

Electric vehicles are an important part of several CEE countries’ sustainable urban development plans to reduce emissions. In Bulgaria, they will be prioritised in the country’s public procurement activities in the coming years. In addition, as of 2014, all state institutions and municipalities in Bulgaria will purchase only electricity-powered service cars.

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