Malta Offers A “Scrap Your Gasser For An EV” And Get Up To €5,000 Back Program


Mitsubishi i-MiEV Out For An All-Electric Spin In Malta

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Out For An All-Electric Spin In Malta

Satellite Shot Of Malta

Satellite Shot Of Malta

Before getting into the details of the latest country to get on board with the electrification of the automobile movement, lets get one thing out of the way for those of us who are not Maltese, nor frequent Europe all that often.

Take it away Wikipedia:

Malta is a southern European country in the Mediterranean Sea. It lies 80 km (50 mi) south of Sicily…the country covers just over 316 km2 (122 sq mi), making it one of the world’s smallest and most densely populated countries.   Population (est): 452,515

Further to getting more EVs on the road in Malta, the Times of Malta is reporting that the country has started a national EV Action plan that would see any citizens who scrap their normal petrol cars for all electric ones, will receive a government grant for up to €5,000 ($6,900 USD) –  via the Maltese Transport Minister Joe Mizzi

In addition, the government of Malta itself says that they will start converting their official fleet to cleaner vehicles starting in 2014, and that a “technical committee” was being put in place to encouraging more OEMs to import electric cars.  Attending the announcement was a BMW ActiveE, smart ED, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and a Renault Zoe.

The Times also points to EU targets that say Malta should have 5,000 electric vehicles by 2020; which would be equal to a level of about 3.5 million EVs in the US.  A lofty goal indeed.

Times of Malta (hat tip to Noel)

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9 responses to "Malta Offers A “Scrap Your Gasser For An EV” And Get Up To €5,000 Back Program"
  1. Mercedes-Benz says:

    that thing is ugly

    1. Assaf says:

      Beauty of cars is a matter of fashion, not an absolute measure.

      But in any case…I have yet to see a single attractive Mercedes-Benz. And I’ve seen quite a few 😉

    2. Aaron says:

      Stop with the “that thing is ugly” comments. If you have nothing interesting to add to the conversation, keep it to yourself.

  2. Assaf says:

    Good for Malta. Should be a no-brainer. No excuse really for anyone there, to buy an ICE vehicle rather than an EV. You can drive around the island twice in an i-MiEV and still have range left.

  3. Ocean Railroader says:

    This 5000 Euro grant along the massive across the board price cut of the I-MiEV could allow it to really take off here in that this place is so tiny it’s low range wouldn’t really mater.

  4. GSP says:


    “Oil is the only type of energy used for electricity generation in Malta”

    Sounds like Malta also needs to invest in wind, solar, and Tesla MWh sized stationary energy storage.


    1. Ron says:

      That generation scenario sounds much like the US state of Hawai’i. All of their electricity had been produced by burning low-sulfur oil, until the pricing of solar panels dropped (thanks to China). They now are installing solar and small vertical axis wind generation furiously.
      Nice place to be this time of year… any time of year, with an EV! 😉

    2. Dave Fate says:

      As of 2010 Malta was producing 872 grams CO2 per kWh. VS 913 grams CO2 in 2004. Not a big improvement.
      This was worse than China.