ArmInfo.The Armenian government plans to replace its official fleet with electric cars. This is reported on the government page on Facebook.
The program will be implemented with grant funds in the amount of 700 thousand euros from the Global Environment Facility. At this stage, as the Minister of Nature Protection of Armenia Erik Grigoryan said, the government intends to purchase 12 low-end, but comfortable electric cars. As the head of the Ministry of Nature Protection pointed out, thus, the republic first of all solves environmental issues, and then cuts down on its expenses. "Although Armenia does not produce oil and gas, but produces electricity," he said. In this context, the transition to electric cars will reduce dependence on imported fuel.
Currently, electric cars are not so popular in Armenia, including due to the lack of necessary infrastructures. At the end of 2018, only 33 were delivered to the country. But, as expected, infrastructures will develop in parallel this year. As a result, the number of electric vehicles imported into the Republic of Armenia will double at least during this year. "Electric vehicles are the most optimal type of transport: you can charge a car not only at a gas station, but also from a home outlet," the minister said. To recall, in Armenia, import of electric vehicles is exempted from VAT.