Electric Vehicles - Incentive Purchase Scheme

The Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure in conjunction with Transport Malta have launched a scheme in the form of a grant to be an incentive for the purchase of Battery Electric Vehicles and Battery Electric Quadricycles.

This scheme is currently open and funds are still available.


To qualify for this scheme, electric car (M1 vehicle)
:

  1. Be either new or if used,  having not more than 12 months from date of first registration and not more than 10,000 Km on the odometer; 
  2. Not locally (Malta)  registered before the 1st January 2014; 
  3. Be licensed for private use; 
  4. Have a length that does not exceed 5,000mm as certified on the Certificate of Conformity in the case of new cars; 
  5. Have a length that does not exceed 5,000mm as certified on the original valuation printout issued from the Authority’s Technical Unit in the case of used cars. 

To qualify, electric quadricycle:

  1. Be either new or if used, not more than 12 months from date of first registration and not more than 10,000 Km on the odometer; 
  2. Not locally (Malta)  registered before the 1st January 2014;  
  3. Be licensed for private use. 


Any electric vehicle registered under this scheme can be used solely for private use. An eligible person shall only be entitled for one grant under mentioned scheme. If the individual is registering an electric vehicle with the above-mentioned specifications one  may apply for a grant of € 4000. On the other hand those individuals who register an electric vehicle and de-register another motor vehicle which is at least 10 years old from the year of manufacture may apply for a grant of € 5000.

Individuals registering an electric quadricycle may apply for a grant of € 1500.

Click here for access to grant scheme application.
 

On the application form one would find all relevant details about the scheme and the criteria for eligibility.

An 18% VAT rate applies on all vehicles which have been firstly registered abroad for less than 6 months or have less than 6,000Kms.

The road license fee for electric vehicles is set at €10 annually. Registration tax  is significantly cheaper than that for normal petrol/ diesel vehicles given that electric vehicles do not have any harmful CO2 emissions.

The registration tax is based on the length of the vehicle, percentage rate in accordance to the length and the registration value (RV: cost, insurance and freight value).

                                                                                           

The following rates apply:

Length

Rate

0 up to and including 3450mm

Length x 0.0020% x RV

More than 3450mm up to and including 3640mm

Length x 0.0022% x RV

More than 3640mm up to and including 3770mm

Length x 0.0024% x RV

More than 3770mm up to and including 4030mm

Length x 0.0026% x RV

More than 4030mm up to and including 4370mm

Length x 0.0028% x RV

More than 4370mm up to and including 4570mm

Length x 0.0030% x RV

More than 4570mm up to and including 4770mm

Length x 0.0032% x RV

More than 4770mm

Length x 0.0034% x RV


Hence for example, if the registration value is €20,000 and the length of the vehicle is 4000mm the registration tax would be calculated in the following manner: Length x 0.0026% x RV = 4000 x 0.0026% x 20,000 = € 2080.

Concluding, to register an electric vehicle the following costs apply: 

  • Registration Tax 
  • € 15 Registration fee (standard fee) 
  • € 50 Inspection fee (solely for used vehicles and not brand new ones – standard fee) 
  • € 10 Road licence fee 
  • Plates Fee - € 70 for random generated plates; € 200 for personalized plates (3 letter 3 number format), and € 1500 for customized plates (up to 9 characters) 
  • 18% VAT if applicable

This is another initiative of the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure  as part of Government policy to promote the use of clean and energy efficient vehicles.

Over the last few years Government had published its policy to promote the introduction of    electromobility in Malta with the publication of the Malta National Electromobility Action Plan (MNEAP) and the set up of the Malta National Electromobility Platform (MNEP).

Besides the promotion for the use of electric vehicles in Malta and facilitation of market entry and penetration of the latest technologies being introduced on the European and International markets, the Government has also embarked on a phased approach to install the necessary infrastructure to compliment the use of these vehicles. Malta also have a European Target to install at least 500 electric vehicle charging points nationwide by 2020 as well as to have at least 5,000 electric vehicles registered on Maltese Roads by the same year.

With respect to the deployment of public electric vehicle charging points,  Government has a adopted a phased approach such as to make sure that this deployment is carried out in a manner to benefit from the continuous developments taking place in the field of electric car charging infrastructure as well as the  developments of the vehicles themselves.

It is the intention of the Government that for the short to medium term, the electric car charging infrastructure would be a mix of both medium and fast charging units so that electric car charging is carried out in the least possible time for the convenience of the electric vehicle owners, especially those who do not have access to a car garage.

Besides promoting sustainable and clean mobility, the scope of these initiatives is to assist the government in addressing Malta’s National environmental targets, which range from climate change and energy targets as well as the improvement of Air Quality Levels. At this point the public is also being reminded that besides this grant another grant for the conversion to LPG is still open.

It is the intention of the Government to continue with its drive to promote sustainable mobility with a number of measures that will be introduced in the near future such as the granting of access for electric vehicles to use the bus-lane infrastructure being introduced on various road sections of the National Road Network, The public is also reminded that the annual vehicle license for electric vehicles is just €10 year.

Applications for these schemes are available from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Unit, Hornsworks Ditch, Floriana or downloaded from the Authority’s website.

Notes:

The Notice relating to this scheme is  published in the  Government Gazzette, Tuesday 17th February 2015.

 


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