Slovenian municipalities see E-mobility as a development goal

Slovenian municipalities see E-mobility as a development goal

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In Slovenia, three municipalities made a step forward regarding E-mobility by preparing and starting the implementation of action plans: Maribor, Radlje ob Dravi and Slovenska Bistrica.

These local authorities see indeed E-mobility as a development goal. Radlje ob Dravi linked E-mobility to its social development plans and uses E-vehicles to improve mobility of old people.Maribor's first steps are towards electric public buses and more charging stations around the city. Slovenska Bistrica has studied possibilities of E-vehicles in municipal business fleets to make them more energy and cost efficient.

The multi-stakeholder groups involved in the decision making processes of the municipalities enabled the development of E-mobility action plans which are in line with the technical development as well as with the infrastructure and the needs of behavioral change. This approach gave confidence to decision makers and catalysed a crucial learning process. However all three municipalities agree that many communication activities are still needed in order to grasp the whole range of environmental, economic and social benefits of E-mobility. Several conferences and workshops were organised in Maribor to raise awareness but more specific education for the public administration is needed in order to set the green procurement rules and clarify how E-vehicles operate (see Recording of Covenant of Mayors Webinar "Developing electric vehicles: the crucial role of local entities" , soon to be published).

While municipalities in Slovenia face financial challenges, they maintain a firm commitment to work actively towards sustainable transport and clean air. Ljubljana has become European Green Capital in 2016 thanks to their ambitious sustainable mobility policy. National subsidies were also put in place in order to develop the purchase of electric vehicles. In 2012, 4.000 EUR could be offered for a new electric car, but only 62 persons used this scheme. In 2014, 98 persons had access to the subsidies.  In 2016 this kind of financing can be up to 7.000 EUR for a new E-car.

The rising number of electric charging stations raises the question of interoperability. In 2012, 150 E-vehicles were registered and 34 charging stations were operational. By 2015, the number of E-vehicles rose to 245, and 186 charging stations as well as 26 fast charging ones along the highways are now available to drivers. As usual the use of these stations requires a registration by RFID cards. However for the time being and outside the network of 26 fast charging stations, there is no harmonized registration system and these cards are not interchangeable.