Romania’s Social Democratic Party plans to extend the existing Rabla program of EV incentives to 2020, and increase the value of the purchase incentive to 10,000 euros for each EV.
The Rabla program, which was launched last year, currently provides vouchers worth 1,100 euros for the purchase of a hybrid and up to 6,000 for an EV (buyers receive the maximum amount if they trade in a gas guzzler).
Local business newspaper Economica.net estimates that over 100,000 Romanians will take advantage of the program to go electric.
Last year, the country’s Environment Ministry also launched a program to help city halls and other public institutions install EV charging stations. The new government wants Romania to have at least 20,000 EV charging points by 2020.
Electrified vehicles are still rare birds in Romania, but the flock is growing – in the first 10 months of 2016, 834 hybrids and plug-ins were sold, double the sales from the same period in 2015, according to the Association of Producers and Importers of Cars.