The country, which is still well behind the EU partners, is trying to lift the overall power switch. As Europe talks about expanding electric power, Greece is still looking for ways to set up an electric vehicle charging network. It is indicative that 88 electric cars were sold in Greece in 2018, with their number estimated to climb to 250 in 2019.

For the consumer, the challenge comes from reducing operating costs. A 100km electric car ride requires an average of one euro (electricity) on average, while conventional vehicles require between 10 and 14 euros with current levels of oil, gas, etc. The maintenance cost of an electric motor is much lower than a conventional vehicle. Charging time and autonomy (mileage) are the most serious disincentives, together with the high cost of acquisition.

An inter-ministerial committee was set up between the relevant Ministries of Energy and Infrastructure and Finance to promote electricity. Its task is to develop a national business plan for the development of electric power in the country by 30 June 2020 and to design a program of incentives to promote electric power.

Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and Austria are best prepared to accept electrification, according to a study by LeasePlan. Greece managed to score just 10 points on the 2019 EV Readiness Index 2019, with Norway, in first place, measuring 34 points. On the other hand, Poland, which follows Greece, managed to score just 9 points. Greece scored 2 points on the acceptance maturity of electricity (12 points Norway, 3 Poland),  Also 2 points for maturity in charge points and 4 points for government incentives. In terms of charging infrastructure, the country is far behind, as it has only 115 charging points (while Poland, which is lower in the overall ranking, 342), of which only 6 (5.2% of the total) are fast chargers. .


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Article source: Kathimerini