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A. Vaiciukevičiūtė at the informal meeting of transport and energy ministers: Lithuania aims to have one in five vehicles in the country to be electricity-powered

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2021 09 23

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Lithuania will seek to have no less than one fifth of the country’s vehicle fleet to consist of electric vehicles by 2030 – the necessary infrastructure will be expanded, incentives for electric vehicle purchases will be implemented, the executive power and municipalities will prepare plans for the expansion of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

 

“Our goal is to expand the Lithuanian electric vehicle fleet by 2030 – from the current 0.5 % to 20 %. For this purpose, funds from the EU Recovery and Resilience Plan – as much as EUR 166 mln. – will be allocated for the development of electromobility, another EUR 300 mln. will be allocated for the reconstruction of electricity networks to facilitate the expansion of the infrastructure for charging electric vehicles,” said Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Agnė Vaiciukevičiūtė at the informal meeting of the ministers.

 

Various institutions of the country are already preparing plans to encourage citizens to switch to electric vehicles. The Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of Energy are preparing an action plan on the use of electric vehicles and the development of the infrastructure of electric vehicle charging points, which is planned to be approved next year. The municipalities are responsible for preparing electric vehicle infrastructure development plans by 1 January 2022. Based on these plans, the municipalities will be able to request funds for installing electric vehicle charging access points, and businesses, considering the plans of the municipalities, will be able to invest in access point installation where it will be most necessary. These plans prepared by the municipalities will be public and updated every 3 years.

 

Currently, there are 360 public and semi-public charging points in Lithuania. By the end of 2024, it is planned to increase this number 11-fold – to 3960. It is estimated that with the help of diverse funding resources, the number of charging points should exceed 7000 by the end of 2027.

 

Electromobility development is one of the measures of Lithuania to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emission. In May 2021, the Group of Hydrogen Application in Transport, formed by the Lithuanian Hydrogen Platform under the Ministry of Energy, initiated its activities. Its aim is to promote the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel in the transport sector together with other state institutions and business representatives.

 

The joint informal meeting of ministers of energy and transport will take place in the city of Brdo in Slovenia until 23 September.