PURCHASE OF ELECTRIC CARS WITH RENTED BATTERY WILL BE SUPPORTED FROM THE ELMO PROGRAMME
From Monday, 12 May, amendments to the regulation on the terms and procedures for the provision of the purchase grant of electric cars will enter into force, according to which rental of batteries at the time of purchase of an electric car will also be supported by the ELMO programme.
If the battery is rented at the time of purchasing a car, the rental agreement of the battery shall be concluded for at least five years. The goal of the amendment is to enable the entry of additional electric car producers into the Estonian market, and increase competition and freedom of choice for consumers buying electric cars.
In amendment of the regulation, the terms were also further specified, conditions for buyers of electric cars were clarified and additional requirements for electric car sellers and lease providers were established.
By the amendments of the regulation, the possibilities for legal persons to acquire large numbers of vehicles with the state support are also limited. In the future, a legal person can apply for the grant for the purchase of up to five electric cars, and a NGO for up to two electric cars.
As the goal of the purchase grant is to reduce the emission of CO2 and other pollutants in the Estonian transport sector, and a condition for obtaining the purchase grant is using the purchased electric car for five years, the regulation includes a clear requirement to register the vehicle in the Estonian traffic register.
The amended regulation is available on the ELMO web page.
The goal of the ELMO programme promoting the area of electric cars is to support the use of electric cars in Estonia. Under the programme, a charging network including 163 quick chargers has been constructed, purchase grants have been issued for buying of nearly 400 electric cars, and rental service of electric cars called ELMO Rental has been started in Tallinn and Tartu.