MEUSAC holds consultation session on alternative fuels in transport

Some of the targets Malta has to reach by 2020-2030 were announced this morning during a consultation session on Alternative Fuels in Transport held by MEUSAC in conjunction with the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure.
Ms Lucienne Meilak, Director, Policy Development at the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure, gave a thorough explanation of the targets and what ties Member States when it comes to alternative fuel use, including Malta.

She said that Member States must ensure that the number of electric car rechargeable points by 2020 should be appropriate, and the same goes for natural gas supply where refuelling LNG points in core ports are concerned. However, the target for the number of natural gas supply points in core ports is 2025.

The targets in a nutshell:

2020 targets include:
– 5,000 electric vehicles
– Electric car charging points to increase six-fold

2025 targets:
– 20% of total vehicles must be conventionally powered

– 50% of total vehicles must be conventionally powered

Stakeholders present said that the target for the 5,000 electric vehicles by 2020 is quite “ambitious”, arguing that a number of obstacles do not entice people to purchase electric vehicles. Some of the reasons include the prices of electric vehicles, which are still on the high side when compared to other vehicles, the second-hand car market in Malta, whereby the majority of Maltese people tend to purchase second-hand cars from the UK, and running costs of electric vehicles, where buyers complain of high electricity tariffs when charging their car battery at home. Another issue is that it is not always feasible to have a car off the road for some six hours to have its battery charged, especially taxi drivers who own or would potentially own such vehicles.

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