In addition to the environmental protection aspects, it should be noted that subsidising electric mobility can also substantially decrease a country's dependence on oil.
The National Energy Strategy, adopted by the National Assembly for the 2011-2030 period, considers the key instruments of development to be the improvement of energy efficiency, the development of the electricity network, the safe use of atomic energy, connecting to the European energy infrastructure, and making the best possible use of renewable energies.
In order to increase the acceptance of electric vehicles and to facilitate their further adoption, it is essential to establish charging infrastructure throughout the entire European Union. This is why the European Commission directive stipulates that Member States are obliged to install a minimum number of charge points for electric vehicles. According to a draft released by the Commission, there will be 68,000 such charge points in Hungary by 2020, of which at least 7,000 will be available for public use.
Recently, the Hungarian government has also announced the launch of the “Ányos Jedlik Programme,” with the aim of facilitating the widespread adoption of electric driving. As part of the programme, the government is encouraging the use of environmentally-friendly models through tax benefits, subsidies and by reducing parking and transportation costs. The objective of the Ministry for National Economy is to set up the 68,000 charge stations stipulated by the EU by 2020.
Subsidies for private individuals
One of Hungary’s priority objectives is to expedite a more extensively replacement of the country's vehicle fleet with purely electric, zero-emissions vehicles. To achieve this goal, the government motivates drivers to make their decision through direct purchase subsidies that are granted through a call for tenders. The goal of the call for tenders is to boost the Hungarian market for electric vehicles through a subsidy of up to 21% of the cost per vehicle, but no more than HUF 1,500,000.
The subsidy is available to private individuals, companies and municipalities alike. The two key criteria for the cars is that they must be purely electric vehicles, thus excluding hybrids, and that the cars must be new.