Government lowers support for electric vehicle charging in 2023

The “discount” is a way of encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles – environment minister

The government has reduced the support for charging electric vehicles, from €0.2614 to €0.1902 in 2023, following the decrease in prices of electric mobility approved by the regulator.

The support – a discount on the cost of each charge registered in the national electric mobility network – “assumes the figure of €0.1902 for each charge” made until December 31, 2023, according to the order signed by the minister of the environment and climate action, Duarte Cordeiro, with effect from January 1, 2023.

“In the current situation of energy tariff evolution in the electricity sector, it is important to maintain some stability in charging prices in the national electric mobility network, through a support to users of electric vehicles that helps to promote the adoption of these types of vehicles,” justifies the minister.

The €0.0712 decrease in support for electric vehicle charging accompanies the reduction in electric mobility tariff prices of 12% for next year, compared to 2022, approved by the energy services regulator (ERSE).

“For the year 2023, the tariff prices applicable to electricity suppliers for electric mobility (CEME), loading point operators (OPC) and loading point holders (DPC) are reduced by about 12% compared to the tariffs charged in the year 2022,” the regulator said in a note released this month.

According to ERSE, the 12% reductions in the tariffs of the electric mobility network management entity (EGME) represent “-€0.11 per 100km as an example”.

According to data released by ERSE, in 2021, the electric mobility network allowed more than 1.38 million chargings to be carried out, at a total of 4,959 charging points.

Forecasts for 2023 indicate that the electric mobility network will reach 3.67 million recharges, an increase of 57% compared to the estimate of 2.34 million recharges for this year.

Source: Lusa