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Hon. Ian Borg, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects

With the ever-increasing demand for transport, it is now more important than ever to continue to invest in clean, smart and sustainable technology  as well as to continue  providing the right incentives to encourage a wider sustainable transport practice and choice.

In this regard, Government has committed to deploy additional transport services which will contribute towards making transport a sustainable, demand and technology driven system which works for the user while in the meantime offering a wider choice of travelling modes. 

The provision of improved and extended sea transport services, continued investment in public transport, the compilation of a cycling policy, the provision of real time information to commuters and the continued study into mass transport systems are all measures which, we believe, will greatly improve the Maltese transport service.

 Further to the above, efforts which started in 2013 aimed at rolling out electromobility in Malta will continue to be deployed and built upon in the current legislature. 

Since the establishment of the Malta National Electromobility Platform, the deployment of electromobility in Malta has taken a great leap forward.  Government has implemented a number of measures and incentives that have spurred the deployment of photovoltaic technology and the evolving technology in Battery Electric Vehicles.

Substantial financial grants, which are to the level offered by other EU Member States, have been made available to individuals, private companies, NGOs and Local Councils to assist them to shift to cleaner vehicles.  In tangible terms, a total of 102 charging points have now been made available to the general public, while Government remains committed to deploy a further 400 charging points on Maltese roads by 2020. Moreover, the number of electric vehicles within the national fleet has increased from 36 in 2013 to a total of 976 units (including all type of Hybrid, plug/in hybrid and range extender Electric Vehicles) by end May 2017.

 Given that the average daily travel distance is well within the range of a modern electric vehicle and that public charging infrastructure provision per square kilometre is now higher than most EU countries, the main impediment to further uptake of electric vehicles is the cost differential with conventional internal combustion engine vehicles. To this effect, scrappage schemes and incentive grants provided to assist applicants to shift from high polluting vehicles to electric cars will continue to be made available.  Furthermore, Government has committed to abolish entirely the registration tax on electric cars. 

Government remains committed to increase the number of electric vehicles within the national fleet, and replace older, more polluting combustion engine vehicles.  It will continue the adoption of the National Electromobility Action Plan, which is currently being updated and the specific measures within, such as the introduction of electric buses in Gozo which will continue to contribute towards the Eco-Gozo policy.

Government is committed to continue making use of advancing technology in a way that benefits our island, support our available resources and contribute to an improved environment and quality of life for all. 



James Piscopo, 
Chairman 
Transport Malta​

Transport Malta believes that one way to address the current problems relating to transport and the environment is by deploying concepts and technologies which are on the market; technologies which are state of the art, tried and tested and which can be implemented in the Maltese context.  One such concept and its related technology is electromobility.
 
Transport Malta has supported the development, introduction and deployment of electromobility in Malta.  Evidence of this is the Authority’s full support and participation in pioneering projects, such as DEMOEV and PORT-PVEV, the aim of which is to introduce and showcase the use and deployment of electric vehicles and the installation of nation-wide charging infrastructure for public use.​

We plan to keep developing Electromobility in Malta, and this is why Transport Malta’s support is fully behind the Malta National Electromobility Platform and the Action Plan.  To this affect, Transport Malta has allocated resources including personnel solely dedicated on the management, and coordination of the latter.

Transport Malta’s support of the Government’s vision goes even further.  The Authority believes that it can be conducive towards the Government’s forthcoming Green Economy to which transport will be a major contributor.  Transport Malta will also contribute towards the Government’s policy to promote the country as a large scale laboratory for the testing of technologies which are on the verge of market entry.  In this way, Malta will be exposed to new technologies, advancements in research and development projects in line with the rest if the EU Member States.

This is why Transport Malta will do its utmost to ensure the successful achievement of the goals embedded within the Malta National Electromobility Platform.

Peter Paul Barbara, National Coordinator MNEP and Intelligent Transport Sytstems. 


The Malta National Electromobility Action Plan is an ambitious endeavor, compiled after intense consultation with stakeholders and experts in the field of transport and electromobility; particularly with the international automotive industry. The starting point of this Plan was an evaluation of the problems existing in our national road transport sector and an assessment of the environmental targets which Malta has committed itself to achieving​ which, in the last few years, were left to deteriorate. Only after a full assessment of the latter, and consultation with the right stakeholders, did the Action Plan lay out its concrete road-map which is being proposed today. 

The Action Plan has sought to study the deployment of electromobility in other EU Member States, the problems that were encountered and how these were tackled. By learning from the efforts made by other Member States, the team has sought to convert these efforts to fit the Maltese context, keeping in mind the Government’s goals and commitments.

The Action Plan foresees the implementation of concrete projects, programmes and measures by which Malta will contribute to its European and International environmental obligations. One such obligation is that Malta is committed to put 5,000 Battery Electric Vehicles on the road by 2020. Before now, a concrete action plan of how this was to be achieved was lacking. In fact, interim indicative targets have already been missed. This proposed Action Plan addresses the targets in hand with a number of projects and measures which have been planned and budgeted, and possible funding sources identified. The Action Plan does not only contribute to the number of BEVs on the road by 2020, but also addresses the deployment of the respective different types of infrastructure nationwide.

For the Action Plan to succeed, all stakeholders must be on board, both from within the public sector and the private sector. This is why the Action Plan and the National Electromobility Platform is involving all the stakeholders from its inception. This is an ambitious plan, but one which holds great promise for our country.

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