"Increasing adoption of electric mobility in Tunisia" project launched
30/05/2023 16:34, TUNIS/Tunisia
(TAP) - "Increasing the adoption of electric mobility in Tunisia," is the title of a project which was launched on Tuesday in Tunis, at the initiative of the Environment Ministry and the National Agency of Energy Management (ANME), in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).

Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the project seeks to accelerate the adoption of electric mobility solutions in Tunisia, by strengthening the deployment of the infrasrtructure of electric vehicles, said Deputy Director in charge of Energy Efficiency in the transport sector at ANME Abdelhamid Ganouni.

The second component of the project provides for the development of feasibility studies for pilot demonstrations of low-carbon e-mobility solutions in Bizerte, Sfax and Djerba.

The third component focuses on the  capacity building on electric mobility dedicated particularly experts, universities and vocational training centres.

//5,000 electric vehicles are expected in Tunisia by 2025//

"By 2025, our goal is to increase the number of electric vehicles from 50 to 5,000 electric vehicles and reach 500 charging stations which will be equipped with a power of 5 megawatts against more than fifty ones available now," Ganouni pointed out.

The charging stations of electric cars are mainly located in Tunis, Sousse and Nabeul, adding that their power remains low. Drivers have to wait for so long to recharge their cars.

He stressed that measures are meant to speed up the adoption of electric mobility in Tunisia, including the granting of bonuses to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles during the period from 2023 to 2025. These premiums amount to 10,000 dinars per car.

He added that other measures were included in the 2023 Finance Law meant to drop customs duties applied to charging stations from 43% to 10%, lowering the VAT applied to charging stations by 19 % to 7%.

This law also provides for exemption from customs duties for purchasing motorcycles, tricycles and quadricycles which are not available in Tunisia.

According to a survey carried out by the Environment Ministry, the deployment of 50,000 electric vehicles by 2025, and 130,000 ones by 2030 will contribute to avoiding the emission of 2.2 million tonnes CO2 equivalent (MtCO2e) of greenhouse gases in Tunisia.

As a result, This will lead to a decrease in oil consumption of 5.9 million barrels by 2030, or a drop in the imports of fossil fuel of $660 million over the period ranging from 2020 to 2030,” according to the same survey entitled  “The Economic Arguments for Mitigation in Tunisia: Case Studies in the Transport, Industry and Waste Sectors”.

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