MINSK, 9 June (BelTA) – Electric vehicles are becoming more popular in Belarus, Energy Minister Viktor Karankevich said at the event to mark Electric Transport Day in Minsk, BelTA has learned.
“We are holding Electric Transport Day for the fourth year in a row. The number of exhibitors increases every year, which suggests that electric transport is gaining traction in our country. More and more people opt for electric vehicles as an environmentally friendly and cost-effective type of transport. Thanks to incentives adopted by the head of state and the consistent efforts of the government, we see more electric cars and electric buses on our streets. It is very gratifying that public electric transport runs not only in Minsk, but also in other cities of our country,” Viktor Karankevich said.
Belarus also develops infrastructure to charge electric vehicles. The state production association Belorusneft was tasked to create the charging network. Belorusneft helps the Energy Ministry and energy supply organizations to upgrade power grids and substations so that they can be connected to charging stations. There are about 700 of them in the country.
As a result, electricity consumption by charging stations is on the rise. In 2022, this figure grew by more than a third over 2021, up to 14 million kWh. The positive trend remains in place throughout this year - over four months of 2023, electricity consumption by charging stations increased by 6%.
The event to mark Electric Transport Day is taking place near the National Library. Taking part in the event are industrial enterprises, scientific organizations and importers of electric vehicles. All types of electric transport are presented at the exhibition, including popular models of passenger vehicles and new launches, as well as new models of Belarusian electric buses and electric trucks. The exhibition also displays electric motorcycles and electric bicycles made in Belarus. Visitors can test drive electric vehicles, see performances of monowheelers, visit interactive platforms, and take part in contests and quizzes.
The event is organized by the Energy Ministry in collaboration with Belorusneft with the support of the Minsk City Council.