E-mobility in the Baltic States 2021 – the current state of affairs

E-mobility in the Baltic States 2021 - the current state of affairs-current

In November 2021 there were 4.341 pure electric cars and 2.972 PHEV in Lithuania. This was announced by the Lithuanian Ministry of Transport and Communications. According to the company, sales of electric cars by the Volkswagen Group have quadrupled over the past year and amounted to 234 electric cars at the end of November 2021. However, the share of e-cars in all registered cars nationwide is only 0.3%.

Vidas Starkus, head of fleet maintenance at Inter Cars Lietuva, said in an interview with the online medium 15min.lt is that the positive feedback from his customers about the electric cars is no longer anything special, but has increasingly become part of everyday business. There is a lot of potential in Lithuania, especially in the area of commercially used electric vehicles. State funding in 2020 totaled 1.5 million euros. In delivery services, which have also seen strong growth in Lithuania during the pandemic, models like the Nissan E-NV200 are becoming increasingly popular. Of course, an advantage is that Lithuanian cities and towns are relatively small and the average daily driving distances are less than 100 kilometers, which means that there are no problems with the range, since the cars can be charged at night.

In Latvia, the last year was very successful for e-cars with a growth of 75% compared to the previous year. According to the statistics as of Jan.01.In 2022 there will be 2,174 e-cars. A year earlier, their number was 1.240 pieces. With 475 vehicles sold, BMW was by far the most popular EV in Latvia in 2021. 314 electric vehicles from the Volkswagen Group brands were sold at a relatively large distance. Just behind them, Nissan took third place with 292 cars. Tesla came fourth in Latvia with 241 cars.

Latvian e-car drivers have access to 139 fast-charging stations throughout the country, which are operated centrally by the Traffic and Roads Directorate.
Similar to Lithuania, tradesmen and state institutions also play an important role in the purchase of e-cars in Latvia. The Latvian universities are not insignificant for the role model function. The University of Daugavpils has been using four electric cars for seven years. In seven years, these Uni-E cars will have around 150.000 kilometers covered. The low costs, which amount to just 3.4 euros for a journey of 120 kilometers in length, are advantageous for the university’s budget.

Like many countries in the region, Estonia is one of those new vehicle markets that are less determined by private customers than by leasing companies and tradespeople. The Estonian Association of Car Sales and Service Companies said that new car sales increased by more than 19% in 2021 compared to the previous year. In total, 2021 became 22.336 new cars registered in Estonia. Of these, 487 were electric cars. The Estonian experts are slightly disappointed with this result, as they had assumed that well over 500 electric cars had been sold in Estonia in 2021. For the year 2022, 750 e-car sales are expected. This would mean that e-cars would then account for 3-4% of all passenger cars registered in Estonia.

Aleksandra Fedorska is a Polish-German political scientist and publicist. She works as a correspondent for Polish and German media in the fields of energy policy and e-mobility. Fedorska lives and works in Jagel in Schleswig-Holstein and in the Polish city of Poznań.

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3 thoughts on “E-mobility in the Baltic States 2021 – the current state of affairs”

  1. Yes, if we now fall back on states that have a population like the individual new federal states in the East, that is very trend-setting. It is understandable that large corporations do not focus on this. “The number of electric cars in Brandenburg has increased by 167% through the sale of another 100 vehicles”. The first electric car was bought in Kleinkleckersdorf. 1000% increase and more.

  2. Hello everyone, I have been living in Latvia for 20 years and I travel by car quite a lot! Having driven a Toyota Auris Sport Wagon Hybrid for 5 years, I have had a Hyundai Kona 64KW Electric for 2 years!
    Latvia is the land of old European cars or big black dangerous SUVs! Of course, it’s not the car’s fault, it’s the driver’s fault and they’re just very criminals on the road! Well, having an electric car in Latvia is no problem at all, there are enough charging stations spread across the country and I usually charge at home at my charging box!
    Since we have long and often very cold winters, there is a great fear that electric cars might not have enough range !
    With an average wage of 1000 euros a month, it is very difficult to buy a new car!

    Electric cars are badly made, used anyway, because of the battery, which is always compared to a phone battery! Phone batteries are getting worse and worse and everyone here knows that!

    My car drives the same number of kilometers in winter and summer, around 15,000 a year!
    In winter I have a range of about 330 km with a 90% charge and in summer about 420 km! I only charge 100% in exceptional cases, for example when I want to drive east!
    Another very big problem is service, even with an OTTO motor, either in the backyard without any guarantee or in the large workshops in Riga at a price where you can rent apartments for a month!
    This is a bigger problem for electric cars, because we have high current and you have to have an education for that!
    This training does not exist in the Baltic States, so those who can afford it buy cars from brands with representatives in Riga so that the service and guarantee are guaranteed!
    Thus, Tesla is at a disadvantage as there is no service or dealership in the Baltic States!

    As of today in Latvia 2016 electric cars and 158 fast chargers!

    My electric car is cheaper than the hybrid was and a lot cheaper than a pure petrol car!
    Government subsidies are only available this year, so we paid the full purchase price on our cars!
    Personally, I will also buy a second electric car for my wife!

    With around 19 euro cents per kilowatt of electricity and my 11 KW solar system, my car is really green!


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