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A subsidy plan for electric vehicles is set to be approved next month, but how much electricity can there be?

By Evie Andreou

The government plans to reintroduce subsidized hybrid vehicles with electric and plug-in hybrids, as the price of the vehicles, logistics and real environmental benefits of almost all of Cyprus’ electricity has been renewed. .

Industrial experts say that general support measures are essential to support the use of environmentally friendly vehicles, as conventional fossil fuels are slowly disappearing.

A ሚሊዮን 7 million patchwork plan to support the purchase of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) is being prepared and is expected to be submitted to the cabinet for approval in early December.

The program subsidizes the purchase of an electric car with the option of over-aged (over 12 or 15 years – details not yet completed). The program offers the purchase of used electric cars from three years to two years old or scraping old cars and purchasing PHEV.

According to reports, the subsidy will be 9 9,000 for the purchase of an electric car and ተጨማሪ 1,000 for the cancellation of an additional አሮጌ 1,000 for an old car but the Ministry of Transport has not confirmed this, the details are still not final, but the cabinet may make changes. To the proposal.

The plan is part of the government’s goal to get one-fourth of the number of registered vehicles by 2030.

Transport Minister Yanis Karosos said in July that 201 such vehicles had been registered this year.

By 2020, 77 new electric vehicles have been registered. By 2030, a total of 36,000 cars, motorcycles and electric bicycles will eventually reach 36,000 next year. The goal is to replace all electric bicycles used by the government sector by 2023.

The ministry plans to introduce additional plans to purchase electric bicycles, motorcycles, buses, commercial vehicles, taxis, people with disabilities and large families.

Due to the economic impact of the Korona virus on the government budget, the original car wreckage plan to introduce electric vehicles should have been abandoned by mid-2020. According to Christ Papamichael, an adviser to the Minister of Transport, the ministry received about 1,000 applications at the time.

An important part of the new plan will include second-hand electric cars.

“After talking to the importers, it was stated that the factories will not be able to produce a large number of vehicles next year, which means that it will not achieve the set goals,” Papamichael told the Sunday Mail.

Supporting the cost of used electric cars may create an opportunity for low-income people to buy. Smaller electric car models start at around ,000 26,000 and newer cars are less accessible.

According to their importers price list, the Fiat 500e starts at ,500 26,500 and the Volkswagen ID.3, which is supposed to be in the compact category, starts at ,500 34,500. Medium-sized ones like Hyundai Kona start at, 33,900. The starting price for the Nissan leaf is 34,500 euros. Named the ‘Luxury SUV’, the Mercedes Benz Equivalent (N293) starts at 67 67,000. The Audi e-tron is available for over € 78,000.

For PHEVs, the Renault Captur starts at ,000 28,000, the Jeep Renagade 36 36,900 and the Toyota Rav 4 50 50,200. Prices vary according to size, model, battery range and other features.

According to Dikran Ozuzuni, Managing Director of Toyota Cyprus and a member of the Motor Vehicle Importers Association, electric vehicles are more expensive but still have long-term benefits.

He said the cost of electricity in Cyprus is high and there is no extra charge like in other countries. However, he said, conventional cars could cost between 25 and 30 euros for the same distance.

He noted that the cost of ownership is low because electric vehicles do not have the required standard of service and maintenance.

“Manufacturers start with big cars, and the price is inevitable because their region is so big,” Ozunian told the Sunday Mail that they have big batteries.

Owners of electric vehicles, on the other hand, have a great deal of value in the life of batteries and cars.

“Batteries are very harmful to the environment and should be reused properly,” he said, adding that they can be reused in vehicles or used in other industries.

Regarding battery life concerns, all manufacturers offer a good warranty for up to seven to eight years, while Toyota offers up to 10.

“But they are rarely broken,” Ouzonian said.

“We have been selling hybrid cars for the last 25 years. They are very reliable cars.”

Ouzounian vehicles say that hybrid technology is a good option because it is more efficient in electric mode and more expensive than electric. But plug-in hybrids are more expensive because they have two power trains, a conventional motor and a battery.

Plugin hybrid technology, the next step in hybrid technology, will allow people to have an electric car “without negotiation,” he said.

He says it has more engines and larger electric batteries than hybrid cars. Vehicles operate in electric mode up to 70 to 80 km / h, and when the battery runs out, it switches to hybrid mode with minimal emissions. “You can recharge when you go home,” he said.

Ouzounian has noticed a change in people’s preferences, as many consumers prefer to buy a hybrid car. He said 75 percent of the vehicles sold by the dealer are hybrids.

“It means people are starting to realize the benefits,” he said.

Good and good for hybrid cars but the lack of charging stations for all electric cars is a big issue, especially in remote areas.

“I think they will put the cart ahead of the horse,” said Cyprus Mail Correspondent Rosie Charalambus.

For many people to take electric cars, the necessary infrastructure is needed to provide the necessary support.

“We don’t need charging stations all over the island,” she said.

Ozounia agrees, Cyprus is still an “immature market” in this regard.

“People who are considering buying electric vehicles should be aware of their needs,” he said. In the current situation, if they are used to traveling to distant lands, they should think about their lifestyle and make changes in their travels.

“If you plan your trip and the area of ​​the electric car depends on its usage, in weather conditions, if the air conditioning system is fully operational, for example, you should not forget how many passengers it will carry,” he said. He said that these variables drain the battery and reduce its size.

There are currently 28 charging stations in public places equipped with the ECA.

“We have four more under construction and are expected to start work soon,” said EAC partner Demetrius Nathaniel. EAC plans to launch another 10 installation processes next year.

The Ministry of Transport says it plans to install about 1,000 charging stations from public buildings, private businesses, hospitals, local authorities and 40 express stations on highways and public places by 2026.

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Dickran Ouzounian

But when it comes to charging, there is a big obstacle in the Cyprus war to reduce emissions. How environmentally friendly can electric cars be when our electric cars are still powered by fuel or heavy fuel?

“We are slowly trying to change this trend,” a spokesman for the energy ministry told the Sunday Mail. She said the ministry was working to shift to green energy.

First, the ministry is working on a plan to enable electric and PHEVs owners to install a photovoltaic system and install a wall to fill their vehicles indoors. This is in line with the Ministry of Transport’s plan to purchase vehicles. Those who qualify will receive one or more of the existing Ministry of Transport plans.

According to the Ministry of Energy, RES sources accounted for 17 percent of total energy consumption this year, up 30 percent from the target for 1321. 113% increase in energy consumption compared to 2014.

But what about the future?

Diesel and petrol cars are coming out.

“Mixed, plug-in hybrids, electric cars are here to stay for at least 10 and 15 years,” Ouzounian said. After that, hydrogen-releasing vehicles will start to hit the market, he said.

Some companies have introduced hydrogen cars, although their widespread use in Cyprus and elsewhere requires significant fuel infrastructure.

“It’s hydrogen in the future,” Ouzounian said.