According to the Automotive Manufacturers and Importers Association (APIA), there are 52 environmentally friendly or “green” auto vehicles in Romania. Of those, 32 were registered in 2014 alone. According to the aforementioned source, of the 35 new “green” vehicles sold at national level, 26 were hybrid and the rest electric.
In this context, the proper infrastructure for the operation of these auto vehicles is an increasingly poignant issue. We are mainly talking about charging stations. There are less than 10 of them in Bucharest and roughly the same number in the rest of the country.
“The permits for commercial constructions (supermarkets, hypermarkets, malls) or apartment buildings will be offered only on condition their parking lots will have electric charging stations, for a minimum of 20 per cent of their total. City halls (in municipalities and/or county seats) will have to be fitted with charging points,” APIA’s Statistics Bulletin published at the end of January points out.
Environment Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu recently announced that in 2015 the “Cash for Clunkers” program could start in mid-March and the environment protection bonus offered to those who want to buy environmentally friendly cars will rise threefold to RON 1,500.
In 2015 the budget earmarked for the “Cash for Clunkers” program will total RON 200 M, up by 33 per cent year-on-year, and there will be a total of 25,000 vouchers, of which 20,000 for physical persons.