Ministry calls HUF 1.25 bln tender for charging stations

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Hungary’s Ministry for National Economy (NGM) is launching a tender offering HUF 1.25 billion of non-refundable grants for establishing charging stations for electric vehicles in the country, Minister Mihály Varga said at a press conference today, according to Hungarian news agency MTI.

Municipalities of cities that have at least 15,000 inhabitants will be eligible to apply for the grant money in the period of September 15 - December 31, which the ministry expects will be enough to establish approximately 1,000 charging stations, according to MTI. 

The initiative is part of the blueprint for the Hungarian governmentʼs regulatory and support framework required to popularize electromobility, entitled the Ányos Jedlik Plan. The plan outlines the advantages offered electric vehicles, such as the use of bus lanes, reduced parking and motorway fees, and tax breaks.

The number of electric vehicles rolling on Hungarian roads has increased almost threefold in half a year, up from January’s 361 to 932 by the end of the first half, Hungarian business daily Világgazdaság reported in June citing government data.

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