Greek Government Amends Legislation To Promote Charging Station Installs

AUG 15 2014 BY MARK KANE 4

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Several years ago, Greece was hit hard by economic collapse and, as it turns out, just 25 electric cars are in circulation there now!

One of the main reasons mentioned in article is the luxury tax on electric vehicles. Ouch…

There was also “absence of succinct legislation” and charging stations needed a special license for supplying electrical energy. Soon, operators will be categorized as final consumers with the right to resell power as a service.

According to article, Greece’s Environment and Energy Minister, Yiannis Maniatis, believes that the use of electric cars will benefit the Greek economy.

“The first phase of the program, which will be supervised by a special committee set up at the ministry’s General Secretariat for Energy, foresees an integrated “Network of Electric Mobility” operating in pilot form. Besides coordinating all the various parties involved, the committee will also be responsible for the public information campaign.”

The European Union would like to see 13,000 charging points in Greece by the end of 2020, however minimum requirements have not been adopted so that won’t happen, at least not in a market with 25 EVs and a luxury tax for EVs.


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Considering it is an island nation with some good solar & wind resources, moving to EVs would be good thing since it could help slash their expensive oil imports and they can generate lots of electricity locally. However, full-speed EVs may be too expensive for the struggling nation. But I think a lot of Twizy like cars could do well there . . . less expensive, they have decent weather, they have narrow roads . . . tourists would probably love them. They need to get them to seat at least 2 people though.

Greece is not an island nation like Ireland, Japan, etc. It is firmly attached to Albania Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey, though probably all of them would wish it would just separate from the Balkans and float away somewhere 😉

Twizy does seat two. Greeks are stupid to have a luxury tax on EVs. They should impose a luxury tax on (imported) oil instead.

While the Germans worked, the Greeks borrowed from the EU and drank Ouzo on the beach.

Huge economic problems in Greece. Why would you expect huge EV sales in a place like this ?