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May 25, 2022

Measures for environmentally-friendly auto fleet •Environment Ministry proposes RON 20,000 subsidy on buying electric car

The Environment Ministry proposes the offering of a RON 20,000 subsidy for the purchase of an all-electric car and of a RON 5,000 subsidy for the purchase of a hybrid electric car, according to a draft government ordinance launched for public debate.

These subsidies will be offered in the form of green vouchers financed from the Environment Fund’s budget. The voucher “has a value of RON 20,000 for the purchase of an all-electric auto vehicle and RON 5,000 for the purchase of a new hybrid auto vehicle with a plug-in fuel source which generates carbon dioxide emissions lower than 50 grams per kilometre,” the draft ordinance reads.

Physical persons, juridical persons, administrative-territorial units and public institutions will benefit from a green voucher for every auto vehicle of this kind purchased.

Romanians have so far purchased 371 non-polluting auto vehicles through this year’s “Cash for Clunkers” programme, over 60 per cent of the total 20,000 vouchers allocated for physical persons having been already used, the Environment Ministry informed on Tuesday.

Over 11,850 Romanians have replaced their old, polluting auto vehicles with newer, less-polluting ones.

According to the aforementioned source, the total number of vouchers allocated for physical persons grew by 3,000 year-on-year.

This year’s “Cash for Clunkers” programme has registered so far the purchase of 371 auto vehicles with carbon dioxide emissions lower than 100 grams per kilometre, auto vehicles featuring conventional hybrid technologies as well as advanced plug-in technologies. 422 green vouchers were used for the purchase of the 371 auto vehicles.

For this year, the Cash for Clunkers programme has been configured with differentiated green vouchers, which come in addition to the RON 6,500 scrappage bonus, featuring the possibility of combining a maximum of two green vouchers when buying one auto vehicle. The green vouchers offered consist of a RON 750 voucher when purchasing an auto vehicle whose engine generates a quantity of carbon dioxide emissions of less than 100 grams per kilometres, a RON 1,500 voucher when purchasing a new auto vehicle that has a hybrid engine (conventional hybrid technologies), and a RON 2,500 voucher when purchasing a new hybrid electric auto vehicle (advanced plug-in technologies).


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