Electric cars in exchange for carbon dioxide credits

The state is receiving 507 electric cars – for which it plans to establish a pervasive nationwide network to charge the vehicles – in exchange for trading 10 million carbon dioxide credits to Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi.

The i-MiEV make cars, which are to arrive in December, will be given to state social workers. Confirmed on 3 March, the deal also allocates funding from Mitsubishi to build 250 electric car charging centers in larger towns and along the main highways by 2013. The express chargers are capable of recharging 80 percent of an empty battery in 30 minutes.

Money from Mitsubishi will also be used to promote private consumption of electric cars, subsidising the first 500 buyers, who will be required to recharge from renewable sources. The government said the move will be a step toward its goal to overhaul 10 percent of transport sector to rely on renewable energy by 2020.

“Through the implementation of the electric cars programme, Estonia will likely have one of the world’s most dense and innovative express charging networks, as well as the highest number of electric cars per capita,” said the announcement by the government’s communications bureau, commenting the 3 March decision.

Source: Estonian Review


Prices for basic food in Latvia has doubled in a year

Prices for some of the most popular food products have more than doubled over the past twelve months, according to Inguna Gulbe, head of Agricultural Market Promotion Center, writes The Baltic Course with reference to Nozare.lv.

Compared to February 2010, prices for cabbages have increased 188% in a year, potatoes are 161% mroe expensive, wheat prices are up 141%, beets 57%, Jonagold apples by 53%, 2% whole milk by 47%, sour cream by 40%, bananas by 39%, pears by 37%, salt by 36% and Merrild coffee by 34%.

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Estonia is on an innovative route to electromobility

Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of Estonia Juhan Parts stated that the sale of available AAU emission units and the subsequent founding of recharging infrastructure for electric cars is a bold an innovative step.

“This project aims at the future, which will prove if and when electric cars shall reach wide use by the public. In any case, multiplying the number of electric vehicles in Estonia and making energy use more efficient is a good start,” said the Minister.

The preparations at the Ministry of economic Affairs and Communications for developing a policy favouring the introduction of electric vehicles has been on the way since the second half of 2009. This process has taken careful account of the policymaking and technological advances in other countries around the world.

The European Union set a clear direction in the field of efficient modes of transport for the electric and hybrid-driven vehicles. Estonia has taken the obligation to reach a level of 10% in the use of renewable sources of energy in transport sector by 2020. Enterprise Estonia has been supporting the creation of an electromobility cluster through its programmes.

The Estonian government decided today that the proceeds from the sale of 10 million AAU emission units to the Japanese Mitsubishi Corporation will be used to buy 500 electric cars. The remainder will be used to create a nationwide network of rapid recharge points and incentives aimed for private persons.

Source: Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications