The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic (MPO) announced a further grant program for companies to purchase electric cars and build charging stations. In total, the ministry may split up to CZK 150 million (EUR 5.5 million), as results from the material published by the Ministry.
Applications will be accepted from March to May 2017. One entity will be able to get support from CZK 50,000 to 10 million (EUR 1,850-370,000). The grand program call excludes companies headquartered in Prague.
In 2016, companies registered 53 projects into a similar grant program, having received over CZK 39 million (EUR 1.5 million). In total, the ministry allocated within this operational program CZK 80 million (EUR 3 million) for electric vehicles promotion.
“The second MPO call to promote electromobility is undoubtedly a step in the right direction towards meeting the objectives which the government undertook in the National Action Plan for Clean Mobility (NAPCM). To approach these goals in real, however, it is crucial to coordinate the support system among various departments and its conditions must be as simple as possible. Only then will the Czech Republic be able to achieve a supercritical amount of vehicles and charging infrastructure, which will lead not only to the improvement of affordability, but also to the change of its perception by potential buyers,” the ministry stated.
The call is part of a support program for low-carbon technologies for which CZK 500 million (EUR 18.5 million) is allocated in this round. Besides supporting the electromobility, the projects include introduction of technologies for energy storage and retrieval and processing of secondary raw materials.
Source: Autofox – Original article