3.1 The National Trust Eco Fund manages the Climate Investment Project and the Promotion of the Use of Electric Vehicles Programme. The programme provides grants for projects connected to promoting the use of EVs by public authorities. The Minister of Environment and Waters distributes the funds to state and municipal institutions.
The focus is on vehicles that may be used for public service activities, including: cleaning; maintenance of parks; social services; inspections; and ensuring the provision of in-town public transport in small settlements with small passenger flows.
The list of EVs eligible for purchase under the programme has been significantly expanded.
The subsidies are:
- per medium class M1 (vehicles with up to 8 seats) and N1 (cargo vehicles with a permissible maximum weight of up to 3,5 tons) EV – BGN 20,000
- the small L7e – BGN 20,000
- minibuses – BGN 40,000
- class M1 and N1 (6+ 1 and 7+ 1 seats) – BGN 30,000
- up to BGN 3,000 for the purchase of various types of superstructures for cleaning, cargo transportation, and watering the small L7e.
3.2 Incentives for EV owners (natural persons or legal entities) include: (i) preferential tax treatment and (ii) no fees for parking in paid areas.
The owners of electric cars, motorcycles and mopeds – as well as electric vehicles in categories L5e, L6e and L7e specified in art. 4 of Regulation (EU) No. 168/2013 – are exempt from paying annual local tax for these vehicles.
An electric vehicle is defined as a passenger vehicle with a purely electric powered motor that does not have an internal combustion engine.
EV owners do not pay for parking in the paid areas of the cities of Sofia, Plovdiv and Burgas.
3.3 The network of chargers and charging stations in the country has expanded rapidly in recent months.
Sofia’s municipality is planning to add 64 extra points in the capital for the placement of charging stations.
One of the major petrol station chains in the country recently announced that is planning to put 16 charging points for fast charging of EVs across its national network during the first quarter of 2018. The first two are already in operation.