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