Romania grants subsidies to boost electric car sales

Apr 20, 2011
A pedestrian walks past a new electric vehicle charging station near San Francisco city hall in San Francisco, California, August 2010. Romania will grant up to 3,700 euros in subsidies to those buying electric cars in a bid to stimulate sales of more environmentally friendly vehicles, the government said Wednesday.

Romania will grant up to 3,700 euros in subsidies to those buying electric cars in a bid to stimulate sales of more environmentally friendly vehicles, the government said Wednesday.

"This decision is very important for the healthy future of Romanian citizens," Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely said in a statement.

Every electric car will enjoy a subsidy of 20 percent of the price up to a maximum of 3,700 euros while there will also be help for buyers of hybrid cars.

Romania also wants to support companies investing in facilities to charge .

The number of cars has soared in Romania since the fall of the Communist regime, from 1.3 million in the 1990s to more than four million in 2008, according to official statistics.

At the beginning of March, Bucharest ranked last in an EU-funded study on in 25 major European cities, mainly because of traffic pollution.

Explore further: Cooling the cloud: Ph.D. student sets sights on improving data-center efficiency

Related Stories

Britain offers state grants for electric cars

Dec 14, 2010

The British government on Tuesday launched state grants aimed at encouraging motorists to buy environmentally-friendly electric cars made by leading manufacturers including Mercedes-Benz and Toyota.

Taiwan, China may develop electric cars together

Nov 16, 2009

Taiwan and China are looking into developing electric cars together and will hold a conference here next week to seek areas where they can cooperate, a Taipei official said Monday.

Germany wants a million electric cars by 2020

Aug 19, 2009

The German government unveiled plans Wednesday to get one million electric cars zipping around the country by 2020, offering sweeteners to jump-start national giants like BMW and Volkswagen into action.

Nissan Leaf deliveries 'see slow start'

Jan 18, 2011

Nissan Motor had delivered only 60 units of its Leaf electric vehicle in Japan as of Friday, Kyodo News reported, despite already taking 6,000 orders due by the end of March.

Recommended for you

Power to the batteries

7 hours ago

Better solar panels and wind turbines are important to helping ensure a low-carbon future. But they are not enough. The energy from these intermittent sources must be stored, managed, converted and accessed ...

New methods to study sound generated by wind power plants

May 21, 2015

A new two-year research project on sound produced by wind power plants was launched at Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT in May. In the study, the formation and dissemination of sound from wind power generators, ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.