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

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.

Joseph Bugeja, 
Chairman Transport Malta​


Transport Malta has always been at the forefront, introducing and adopting new technologies.  Indeed one way of addressing current problems in transport is through the adoption of new concepts and technologies. Electromobility is one such technology. A technology, Transport Malta through of the Malta National Electromobility Platform, has wholey endorsed.

Through pioneering projects like DEOMOEV and PORT-PVEV, we have introduced and deployed electromobility in Malta. More recently, we have introduced the first car sharing service in Malta with an all-electric fleet.

Malta now has a developed nation-wide charging infrastructure that is making electromobility more accessible.  Transport Malta has allocated personnel and an entire unit, the Sustainable Mobility Unit, incorporating the Malta National Electromobility Platform, in order to  continue to spearhead the propulgation of electromobity and other sustainable modes of transport in Malta.

As the impact of transport emissions continues to come to the fore and as international targets, to tackle global warming, draw closer, the importance of sustainable transport has grown. Through this unit, Transport Malta is paving the way for the rest of the country. Malta through its exposure to new technologies and potential adoption of such can act as a large scale laboratory to test technologies exactly before they hit the mass markets, putting Malta at the forefront of the European Union. 


National Coordinator MNEP and Intelligent Transport Sytstems, 
Peter Paul Barbara

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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