Ministry drafting legislation for e-car charging

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The Hungarian government is drafting legislation that is set to regulate prices of electricity used to charge electric cars, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2017, Hungarian economic daily Világgazdaság reported today. This would spell the end of free charging.

Currently electric cars, which are differentiated from others by the application of green license plates, receive many benefits in Hungary, including free charging at charging stations.  

While the prices are not set, retailers are not able to charge customers who use their charging stations, Világgazdaság reported citing an announcement by the Ministry for National Economy. However, once rules are set, free electric car charging would come to an end.

The ministry told the paper that international experiences and practices are being taken into consideration in creating the regulatory environment for the charging of electric cars. The ministry was reported as saying that no excise tax is planned to be levied on electricity used for cars. The ministry also said that this particular type of electricity will be a competitive market product, the Hungarian paper reported.

As the price of charging will cover not only the price of electricity but maintenance costs as well, the introduction of authority pricing is not necessary, the ministry told the paper.

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