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Greek Transport Min Stresses Need for Electric Vehicles to Reduce Pollution

November 24, 2020

ATHENS — The sales of electric vehicles in the Greek market were less than 1 pct of total vehicle sales in 2019, while in other EU countries the corresponding percentages were between 4-5 pct, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Costas Karamanlis said on Tuesday, in the context of the online Electric Vehicle Conference 2020. In some cases, he added, such as in the Netherlands, electric vehicles accounted for more than 10 pct of total sales, and in Norway they were close to 50 pct,

At an international level, one third of final energy consumption and 30 pct of greenhouse gas emissions were attributed to the transport sector, Karamanlis noted. He stressed that the wider European goal is for the transport sector to reduce emissions by 60 pct by 2050 and for traffic in cities to be made up entirely of non-conventional vehicles. Therefore, he added, it is clear that the promotion of e-mobility throughout the country serves these goals, as it contributes significantly to energy savings and environmental protection.

In this framework, the minister presented the four axes of the ministry's action plan for e-mobility.

 

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