Unlike Serbian drivers, who are anxious about their corrosion-laden vehicles passing a technical inspection, their peers from Europe are more concerned about the amount of harmful substances that their cars emit into the atmosphere.
Serbia is still one of the few European countries that has no incentives or subsidies for the purchase of electric and hybrid vehicles. In the light of that information, the fact that only 124 electric and 204 hybrid cars are registered in our country, does not come as a surprise.
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“Subsidies for hybrid and electric vehicles in Europe range from 4,000 to 10,000 euro”, says Dragan Škrnjić, president of the Eco Club Serbia and car market and adds: “It is devastating that we do not have any tax reliefs, and no discount for parking fees, except for the Belgrade municipality of Lazarevac.”
In the first quarter of this year, the number of electric cars in the European Union went up by 34.3%, and the plug-in hybrids by 60.2% (in total, 69.898 plug-in hybrids were sold). Hybrid vehicles also recorded a significant growth of 25.7 percent (a total of 139,556 cars sold).
So far, the EU countries have invested around 50 billion euro in reducing the emissions of harmful gases by 20 percent by 2020.
In addition, the sales of vehicles on LPG, CNG and biofuel are growing by 12% annually.
Thus, in the largest automotive market in Europe – Germany’s, the growth in sales of vehicles using alternative modes of operation in the first four months of this year went up by an incredible 74.4 percent compared to the same period last year. Spain recorded a 53.4% growth, and France 15.3%.
How much Serbia is lagging behind in stimulating the purchase of these vehicles is illustrated by the fact that in Romania, in the first quarter of this year, 195 electric vehicles were purchased, in Bulgaria 48, Hungary 311, Slovenia 103 and several times more hybrid vehicles.
The World Health Organization estimates that about 4,500 people die in Serbia annually from “polluted air” and that car exhaust gases are marked as one of the biggest causes of pollution.
The electric and hybrid vehicle supply in our market is solid. Toyota is the absolute market leader and has been selling hybrid and plug-in vehicles for years. Recently, Hyundai Serbia launched a super-modern IONIQ,that can be purchased as a hybrid, plug-in, or pure electric drive.
KIA also has hybrid and electric models in Serbia, while Volkswagen also offers Golf with an electric engine. BMW Serbia has invested a lot in the promotion of these vehicles in the last few years and offers models i32 and i8. The prices of hybrid vehicles range from 18,000 euro upward.
(Vecernje Novosti, 31.07.2018)
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