Sweden is following the example of several nations in announcing government subsidies for low-emission cars to the tune of SEK 200 million. The programme will be rolled out in January 2012 allowing time for the first generation of production scale electric cars to be released before the subsidies take effect.
Minister for the Environment Andreas Carlgren explained the motivation behind the move: “What is important is to get the first cars out on the roads so that the public can see that the technology exists and that it works”.
Applying only to “super-green cars”, the funding requires that cars have the latest EU exhaust requirements and emits a maximum of 50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre. The Swedish government is working towards a fossil-free fleet by 2030. The premium applies to individuals, car pools, the public sector and companies, including taxi and car rental companies.