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Portal: Estonia set to restore electric car buying subsidy, this time for business

  • 2018-10-22
  • LETA/TBT Staff

TALLINN – The Estonian Ministry of the Environment is planning to restore the subsidy for the purchase of electric cars, but make it available exclusively to businesses, the internet portal auto.geenius.ee reported.

Mart Raamat, adviser on energy at the Ministry of the Environment, said that while the ministry has no conclusive plan at this point, the measure would be directed to businesses with intensively used vehicle fleets. 

"Taxis could be the logical focus, they run up big mileage in the urban environment. It will have a positive effect on ambient air and climate," Raamat said.

According to the portal, the size of the subsidy would be to the tune of 5,000 euros per vehicle and a cap would apply to the number of vehicles that can be purchased with the subsidy.

The ministry hopes to have the measure in place by the spring or summer 2019. The measure would be partially financed using proceeds from the sale of emission credits.