Transport Malta has launched a grant scheme to encourage motorists to buy electric vehicles and quadricycles.

The scheme is aimed at reducing pollution and the number of old cars on the roads.

The scheme provides for a grant of €4,000 to persons registering an electric car and €1,500 to those registering an electric quadricyle. The grant shall increase from €4,000 to €5,000 in case of persons registering an electric vehicle while at the same time de-registering a car which is at least 10 years old.

The Government has allocated €300,000 over the next 24 months for this scheme.

Applications will be handled on a first come first served basis.

Transport Malta said the purpose of these initiatives is to assist the government in addressing Malta’s National environmental targets, which range from climate change and energy targets as well as the improvement of air quality.

The government is also in the process of putting in place the first phase of Malta’s National Electric Car Charging Network on a national scale. The charging infrastructure roll out will take place in phases and scaled to meet the demand by 2020 as indicated in the MNEAP.

Applications for such scheme are available from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Unit, Hornsworks Ditch, Floriana or downloaded from the Authority’s website: http://www.transport.gov.mt/land-transport/electric-cars .