Norway first, Estonia second by share of electric cars

02.01.2013, 16:31

Estonia is only behind Norway in share of electric vehicles.

While Norway has four electric cars for every 1,000 passenger cars, Estonia’s ratio is one. Third is Netherlands with 0.6 electric cars per every 1,000 passenger cars.

In 2011, Estonians applied for a electric car subsidy in 16 cases and last year they filed 93 applications. All in all, 109 applications have been made, 79 of which have been approved and paid.

Maximum subsidy per electric vehicle is 18,000 euro plus 1,000 euros from the cost of the home charger.

The three most popular electric car models in Estonia are Nissan Leaf, Fiat Fiorino EV and Mitsubishi iMiev.

At the end of November, Estonia started to offer subsidies also for hybrid cars that are charged from a socket. Depending on the battery type, such a subsidy could amount between 3,000 and 12,000 euros per car.

There are now 144 chargers available in Estonia and they have been used more than 3,500 times. The whole network will have 163 chargers and charging will be free until end of January 2013.