Romania presents a plan for the installation of sockets for electric cars. Who can apply and what are the financial limits.

In Romania there are only a handful of electric cars and charging points. Today the Ministry of Environment has released the first clear plan to subsidize the development of a sophisticated network that provides sockets. The total budget amounts to 70 million and the maximum amount of grant is 200,000 euro per project for eligible institutions and companies in cities with over 50,000 residents. If the program proves successful, hundreds of outlets will be installed of which 80% will be financed by the ministry while the rest will be carried by the applicants. An announcement was made by Cristiana Pasca Palmer at an event organized by Cora Supermarkets declaring the construction of charging stations in all 11 stores in the country.

Influential European countries are able to sell thousands of fully electrical cars every year of which Romania barely sells 50 vehicles. Therefore authorities intend to stimulate this segment of environmentally friendly green cars since 2011. The first tangible plan was presented on Friday. It still is in development, but it provides an interesting point of discussion.

The Ministry opened a new line of funding this year called Scrappage Plus, which includes a budget of € 70 million lei to support the installation of charging sockets and an additional five million lei for the purchase of electric cars.

The guidebook for funding the electrical infrastructure was presented this Friday to the public, which will be discussed and then released.

“The amount of funding is up to 200,000 euros (900,000 lei) per project. The price varies greatly depending on the outlet. High-end outlets are capable of fully charging a vehicle in about an hour, but there are also less costly models on the market. Any type of outlet is accepted for funding, there are no restrictions,” declared Cristiana Pasca Palmer. An important detail to remember is that the ministry funds 80% of the costs, the rest must be carried by the applicant.