Market consideration: The e-mobility takes up in Slovakia

Market consideration: The e-mobility takes up in Slovakia-consideration

In 2020, the number of E-cars re-registered in Slovakia has refundably. While there were only 165 electric cars in 2019, the number rose to 918 last year. The Association of the Automotive Industry of the Slovak Republic (ZAP SR) leads this success on the one hand to the generous funding program, which provides for a purchase bonus of up to 8,000 euros, as well as the market launch of popular E-car models of Volkswagen and Skoda (Skoda Citigo-e IV).

To emphasize the Slovak funding program is that the purchase bonus, which is due upon acquisition of new vehicles, is possible up to a value of 50 000 euros. Consequently, expensive vehicles are also promoted. In the introduction of the program in December 2019, the media reported that at this price range even the cheapest Teslamodell Tesla 3 Standard Range Plus could belong, provided that the manufacturer in Slovakia would open a sales office. But that is not the case until today.

According to the statistics of the ZAP SK, the best-selling electric cars 2020 of Volkswagen (185), Skoda (165) and Kia (121). Problematic for the statistical capture remain the numbers of Tesla. The association emphasizes that there are some hundreds of Teslas in Slovakia, but mostly bought abroad and lag behind the statistics of new registrations here.

Although Slovakia could report significant progress last year, the proportion of e-cars in total traffic remains very low. Especially in passenger transport, electric cars are still not widespread, although their number is gradually increasing on the Slovak streets. According to the Slovak Ministry of Economic Affairs, there were a total of 1582 Bevs and 1021 PHVs until mid-2020. For comparison: In 2015 there was 224 electric cars and 86 hybrid.

With regard to the loading infrastructure and its sufficient accessibility, however, there is disagreement. The public authorities believe that the development of charging pillars should be supported by a state restructuring plan and the funding of the European Union. However, there are different assessments in the Slovak media in relation to the shop in Slovakia. The expansion should therefore focus mainly on the south of the country, as the other regions of Slovakia with the larger providers, such as Greenway and ZSE, as well as the superchargers of Tesla are not generally well equipped.

In connection with the promotion of charging infrastructure in Slovakia, a corresponding infrastructure plan was introduced by the Ministry of Economic Affairs at the end of last year. For this, Minister of Economic Affairs Richard Sulik said:

“In the current tender, we have expanded the circle of applicants as well as the types of projects for which support can be applied for. We have also increased the maximum amount of the subsidy. Our goal is to contribute to a stronger construction of the infrastructure without the development of electromobility is not possible.”

Overall, the Ministry has provided 650 000 euros. These grants can apply both private companies as well as initiatives of the public sector. Municipalities can be promoted with up to 95% of the investment, but with a maximum of 18 000 euros. The rest must then be provided as equity. For private companies, the promotion is up to 50% of the investment, whereby the maximum limit of the promotion is at a maximum of 36 000 euros.

Aleksandra Fedorska Is Polish-German Politologist and Publisher. She works as a correspondent for Polish and German media in the fields of energy policy and e-mobility. Fedorska lives and works in the Schleswig-Holstein jail and in the Polish city of Poznań.

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