News Local 450 applications for electric car subsidy, scheme to be extended

450 applications for electric car subsidy, scheme to be extended

The government will extend an incentives scheme to replace old cars with electric vehicles due to the keen interest shown, Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos said on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the Council of Ministers, the minister said that 450 applications were submitted since yesterday — the first day of the launch of the incentives scheme.

The initial plan was to subisdise 100 vehicles. Given the keen interest, the ministry will be extending it and will be seeking additional funds to finance it, Karousos said.

The scheme offers a €5,000 grant to buy an electric car and an additional €2,000 if combined with a scrapping of an old car.

Karousos said that the Transport and Commerce Ministry will be submitting a detailed proposal on the scheme that will also cover other issues related to electric vehicles such as charging stations.

“We thought it right to send the message that we are encouraging the use of such vehicles,” he said.

“One of the ways of achieving our environmental targets is to replace old cars with non-polluting vehicles, particularly electric cars. Therefore it will be a strategy that will become established,” he said, when asked whether provision for similar incentives will be made in the 2021 budget.

Read more

Top Stories

Duchess Meghan wins bid to delay court battle with UK newspaper

Meghan, the wife of Britain’s Prince Harry, won her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed until next Autumn after...

New House President asks for number of personal guards to be halved

Newly-elected House President Adamos Adamou on Thursday requested for the number of police officers personally guarding him to be reduced from 15 to eight. Adamou,...

Greece to unveil one-month plan against COVID-19 on Friday, Oct 30

Greece will introduce further restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday, as further lockdowns were imposed in the...

Nicosia welcomes UN chief’s readiness for Cyprus peace talks to resume

Nicosia on Thursday welcomed the readiness of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to provide his good services for the resumption of talks for a...

Fierce fire at printing office in Latsia extinguished (PHOTOS)-UPDATED

A fire which broke out around 11:30am on Thursday at a printing office in the industrial area of Latsia, Nicosia, has been extinguished. This is...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...