Ukraine supports the use of environmentally friendly transport in cities, so in the framework of the National Transport Strategy until 2030 it plans to completely replace all urban public transport with electric transport and create the appropriate infrastructure.
This was announced by the Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Kryklii today, November 19, during the Global e-Mobility Forum organized by the Ministry of Climate and Environment of the Republic of Poland. The Forum gathered together Prime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki, the Minister of Climate and Environment of Poland Michał Kurtyka, the European Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean, government officials and representatives from Great Britain, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Portugal, Greece , Egypt and other countries.
"We support the use of environmentally friendly means of transport in cities, including urban electric transport and electric vehicles. Ukraine's National Transport Strategy until 2030 stipulates that cities will replace their fleet with electric buses, and appropriate charging infrastructure will be created for these purposes. In this direction, we are now actively cooperating with international financial organizations and preparing for the implementation of the second phase of a joint project with the EIB "Ukraine Urban Public Transport II", which involves updating public transport fleets in various Ukrainian cities and replacing them exceptionally with electric transport," said Vladyslav Kryklii.
In addition, together with business and the public, the Ministry has developed a draft strategy for the development of the automotive industry in Ukraine, which provides incentives for domestic production of electric cars, as well as takes into account the promotion of both private and public electric transport.
Vladyslav Kryklii added that the Ministry actively and fully supports the extension of the VAT exemption for the import of electric vehicles to Ukraine and in due time made many efforts to abolish this duty and VAT on electric cars. Moreover, the Ministry initiated and actively participated in the development of key changes in state building norms (SBN) regarding the placement of gas stations on the roads.
"Today in Ukraine there are about 25 thousand electric cars, 25 thousand hybrids and almost 9 thousand points of electric charging stations, which are located mostly in cities. We have initiated and are already working on making new changes in the SBN regarding the planning and construction of territories, which would allow the placement of electric charging stations on all public roads, including local ones," the Minister concluded.