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The Albanian government has opened a tender for electronic charging points throughout the country, as part of the National Action Plan for Energy and Climate, in an effort to reduce direct and indirect CO2 emissions and to adapt to the acquis of EU.
There are over 20 such stations in Tirana, but in other parts of the country, including tourist spots, they are hard to find. Currently, municipal vehicles, some buses, police cars and many private taxis run on electricity, but the uptake of electric cars is somewhat slow, EURACTIV reports .
"AEE has completed a study for the transport sector, for the establishment of the network of electric car chargers, and based on this study, the process of implementation and the beginning of the creation of the network of electric car chargers will continue", the Agency's announcement states . Albanian Energy Efficiency.
The stations will be located in Saranda, Gjirokastër, Himarë, Vlora, Durrës, Velipoja, Shkodër, Korçë and at land border points. This will allow tourists easy access to toll booths across the country as the country is increasingly focusing on tourism as a major contributor to GDP.
Based on the National Action Plan for Energy and Climate in relation to the transport sector, our country has the obligation to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels as well as the environmental pollution that comes from them. To this end, the objective of the Albanian government is to install 200 to 300 charging stations by 2025 throughout the country.
The project will be implemented in two phases starting with the energy audit and the technical implementation project. This audit will determine the reductions resulting from the substitution of fossil fuels, the feasibility of saving electricity compared to fossil fuels and the reduction of pollution resulting from the use of fossil fuels.
In the second phase, charging points will be built. All equipment must be CE certified and with a budget of €766,181 at the current exchange rate, equivalent to ALL 83 million. Most of the 539,000 vehicles on the road are located in the capital, leading to congestion and high levels of pollution.
Second, the cost of electric vehicles is too high for many citizens. The average cost of a battery-only electric vehicle is estimated at 55,821 euros, while the average citizen earns around 7,000 euros per year.
In an attempt to increase usage, the government decided to refund registration fees, including ownership documents, licenses and number plates, but still, electric cars make up only 0.35% of those in the country, with almost all in commercial use.