According to a statement from the Ministry of Technology and Industry, the government’s goal is for the country to achieve full climate neutrality by 2050, without jeopardizing economic growth or prosperity. Greening transport, which is responsible for a fifth of total carbon emissions, is an important part of this.
To meet the country’s carbon reduction targets, the uptake of electric vehicles in all areas of transport is being promoted. Schemes should be designed to involve the public and also help reduce the costs involved, Attila Steiner, state secretary for energy and climate policy, said.
The state secretary recalled that the government has supported the climate friendliness of the transport sector, including the purchase of electric cars, with a total of almost HUF 20 billion in recent years. Thanks to this, the number of cars with green plates in Hungary reached 20,000 in May 2020 and has now exceeded 51,000, more than half of which are pure electric.
In terms of the share of renewable energy sources used in transport, Hungary is already the best performer in the region, above the EU average, the ministry said, adding that this could be further boosted by the measures in the Climate and Nature Action Plan to encourage the uptake of electromobility.
Thanks to state subsidies, in addition to electric cars, more and more people are choosing electric scooters over conventional gas-powered ones, and electric bicycles are becoming increasingly popular, with subsidies for their purchase available in the first half of each month, the ministry stated.