Malta is seeking to acquire 250 new electric vehicles for its government fleets through a 10 million euro tender funded by EU funds. The goal of the project is to increase the percentage of electric vehicles in public service from 7% in 2021 to 40%.
The tender is divided into four lots for the procurement of 194 five-passenger cars, 30 eight-passenger vehicles, 16 small commercial vehicles, and 10 large commercial vehicles, all of which must be no older than 2022. The deadline for the tender is 7 February.
Through this project, the government aims not only to replace its internal combustion vehicles with electric cars, but also to decrease the overall size of its vehicle fleet. To increase the utilization of the new electric vehicles, the government plans to introduce a car-sharing concept in its ministries. This will not only save space on the roads, but also reduce energy consumption and cost during production.
“This change will concretely save the country 185 tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) per year, with the project being carbon neutral with the installation of two thousand square meters of photovoltaic panels in public spaces. All this testifies to the environmental and sustainable credentials that the Public Service practices,” Sultana explained.