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Tesla Hiring in Greece, With Electric Car Subsidies Offered

July 27, 2020

As Greece prepares big financial incentives for buyers of electric cars – hoping those will make up a third of the sector by 2030 – the dominant maker in that market, Tesla, is recruiting for its planned opening in the country.

With demand for its cars growing, and other major auto makers rapidly expanding – General Motors wants all its cars to become electric – Tesla is expanding in Europe, and Greece is seen as a good market.

The company is looking to fill positions of Sales & Delivery Manager and Tesla Advisor., said the site Tesmanian, noting the jobs are for an Athens office and that the vehicles will soon be sold in the country.

Tesla owner Elon Musk said that, “Demand is not a problem, definitely not. We do have some production supply chain challenges we’re trying to solve right now. … So, yes, don’t worry about demand. That’s not the issue.”

The company stated that, “As we prepare for our exciting new entry in to Greece, we are looking to recruit a Sales & Delivery Manager to lead our brand new team in Athens,” and advisors to meet with customers.

The site Teslarati said that, “In February, company executives were in talks with Greek authorities to bring a series of vehicle superchargers that would span from Portugal, through Greece, to Turkey.” Superchargers do typically lead or closely follow Tesla stores into a new market, said Clean Technica.

With the world still mostly using the internal combustion engine that relies on gasoline, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is pushing for Greece to turn toward using electric cars.

The first phase of the plan foresees financial incentives for individuals and corporations to switch to green cars, noting that the government set aside 100 million euros ($113.22 million) to help purchases of electric cars over the next 18 months.

The subsidy will cover an estimated 25 percent of the purchase of 14,000 new electric cars, he said, to give buyers an incentive to buy them and help lower the cost.

He said tax breaks coming from the government would further make buying electric cars attractive to buyers as well as companies and that the vehicles will be exempt from the road tax for two years while the cost of recharging would be deductible in annual tax filings.

Among the incentives is 1,200 euros ($1360) in tax breaks for individuals and 2,480 euros ($2811) for company cars that, combined with the incentives of a bill passed last year for low-emission cars, the total savings for corporate electric vehicles will reach 3,500 euros ($3967) the paper added.

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