Bulgaria’s goal is to have at least 30,000 electric vehicles in Bulgaria by 2026, and to install 10,000 charging stations, said Deputy Prime Minister for Climate Policy and Minister of Environment and Water Borislav Sandov. According to the latest data, there were only 3,000 vehicles at the end of 2021.
Borislav Sandov announced that Bulgaria would draft a law on promoting electric mobility soon. By the end of June, the Government intends to create a specialized commission for the development and encouragement of e-mobility.
The new commission will prepare a model of simplified regulation to encourage the construction of charging stations, while a long-term vision for the new law is going to be ready in the autumn, minister Sandov said at the opening of a round table entitled “Transport of the future – clean energy at a fair price.”
Bulgaria will install 20-30 fast charging hubs on major roads
Sandov pointed out that the e-mobility reform was included in the national recovery and resilience plan and that he was appointed to be responsible for coordinating policies for the development of e-mobility in Bulgaria.
The minister said 10,000 charging stations should be built so everyone can charge their electric car. Bulgaria will install 20-30 fast-charging hubs on major roads, while public charging points for EVs would be built in the central parts of more than 50 cities and large residential areas.
“The construction of charging infrastructure and electrification of vehicles will be accelerated, which will bring Bulgaria closer to the long-term European goals for greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Air pollution and urban noise pollution will be reduced by introducing low-emission zones in central city parts,” he added.
Sandov said 30 percent of fine particulate matter pollution in urban areas is caused by transport and that low-emission zones should be introduced in at least three Bulgarian cities, with an overall population of at least 1.5 million.
Bulgaria has largely reduced greenhouse emissions compared to the 1988 baseline, but emissions in the transport sector have increased by 40%, Sandov stressed.