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22 October 2021, 11:43

Lukashenko wants to ramp up use of electric cars in Belarus

MINSK, 22 October (BelTA) – It I essential to ramp up the use of electric transport in Belarus, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with the senior officials of the Council of Ministers on 22 October, BelTA informs.

The head of state emphasized that this is one of the most promising industries. “The global practice shows that the decision to develop electric transport and introduce infrastructure for it was right. Virtually all countries are doing it today. It is also important for us as we do not have abundant oil resources and have recently launched the Belarusian nuclear power plant,” he said.

Apart from the purely economic dimension, the ecological aspect is also important. Therefore, we should step up efforts to create necessary conditions for the operation of this new sector, the president remarked.

A year ago a decision was made to stimulate the interest of the population in buying electric cars. The government believes that this tactic proved effective. “Now it is essential to introduce additional stimuli,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The president asked the participants of the whether these stimuli will help satisfy the demand for electric vehicles in passenger and commercial transportation. He also asked if these measures will make these vehicles more affordable for people and business.

“Apart from that, don't forget about the infrastructure. Quick-recharge stations should be available all over the country. As of today, only 10% of petrol stations offer such services. We need more. I have recently discussed it with the person who is in charge of it – the director of Belorusneft. I gave him an instruction, all issues were addressed, and now he has all tools for the development of this business. Necessary equipment is produced in Belarus. I want you to tell me about the consequences of such decisions,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

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