Of Foti Foteinou
Electric cars in Greece are gaining more and more market share.
According to the SEAA, the rechargeable BEV – PHEV amounted to 6.9% of the total classifications in 2021 compared to 2.6% in 2020 and 0.5% in 2019, mainly due to the adoption of incentives by the State.
In absolute numbers, in 2021 6,967 rechargeable cars were classified compared to 2,135 in 2020 (2,178 electric compared to 679 in 2020 and 190 in 2019 and 4,789 hybrid compared to 1,456 in 2020 and 290 in 2019).
“The future of the car industry will be electric,” said Dimitris Patsios, General Manager of the Association of Car Dealers Companies (SEAA), in a public statement yesterday.
As he claimed, in Greece there is a remarkable increase in sales of electric cars, as, in the first months of 2022, the share of these vehicles reached 8%, emphasizing that this year it is estimated that 8,000 rechargeable cars will be registered.
However, compared to other European countries, Greece lags behind in the penetration rate of electric vehicles, as, as he pointed out, in Europe the rechargeable car registrations ranged at 18.9%.
Regarding hydrogen, he claimed that it would be an “intermediate process of energy storage”, stressing that the car industry is moving towards the solution of electrification.
In general, Mr. Patsios recognized the need to accelerate the creation of charging stations, so that the user of an electric car feels “safe”.
Concluding his statement, the General Director of SEAA stated that the State should take care of the existence of immediate incentives for commercial vehicles (trucks and buses) in electric vehicles.
It is noted that Greece has the oldest fleet of trucks and buses in the European Union, according to the latest data from ACEA.
More specifically, the trucks that circulate in our country have m.o. aged 21.4 years, while buses at 19.4 years.
In passenger vehicles the picture is a little better, as the average age is 16.6 years, while in light commercial vehicles (vans) the average is 20.2 years.
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