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Hundreds of electric taxis to hit Hungarian roads

Government tender for the purchase of electric taxis has been a success.

In the framework of the tender launched on May 20 for the purchase of several types of electric vehicles, HUF 2 billion was initially allocated to service providers engaged in taxi services or passenger transport.

The tender was so popular that the Ministry increased the available budget so that all applicants could receive support. Applicants can receive 55 percent of the purchase price of an electric vehicle, with a maximum gross price of HUF 15 million.  

Tamás Schanda, Parliamentary and Strategic State Secretary at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (ITM), has reported that 256 applicants have so far been awarded grants for the purchase of 279 100% electric taxis, worth a total of HUF 2.3 billion.

According to the Ministry’s announcement, this government program will also accelerate the spread of environmentally friendly vehicles in Hungary, whose rate of electric-vehicle use is already at the forefront in Europe.

In the first half of the year, the number of alternative-powered cars placed on the market increased the most in Hungary among EU member states. More than 20,000 cars with green license plates are on Hungarian roads, twice as many as at the beginning of last year, they added.

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