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Three new electric car charging stations for Limassol

The scheme was to cover the purchase of a new electric car or a more energy efficient one

Three new charging stations for electric cars are to be added in Limassol, the leading city for use of the vehicles, it was reported on Sunday.
Islandwide there are currently 15 charging stations, according to Phileleftheros.

The report says there are at present 48 registered electric cars in Cyprus, 38 of which are new models. The number has doubled since 2013 and so far this year, 21 have been registered.

An average electric vehicle uses around 1,500 kilowatt hours of electricity per month, according to figures gathered by the EAC. It runs to an average of 20 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometres.

Although the numbers are still very small, the expectation is that the registration of electric cars will increase considerably over the next five years.

New electric car sales are expected to comprise 25 per cent of total vehicles on the road by 2040 if oil prices remain low levels but this is a worst-case estimate, according to the report. Optimistic scenarios put the figure at 50 per cent.

By 2022, it is expected that the cost of running an electric car will be cheaper than a fuel-run vehicle.

To use the EAC charging stations – which can be utilised by two cars at the same time – drivers must deposit 25 euros as a one off, and after that charges are based on Tariff 15.

Eight charging stations have been installed in Nicosia, two in Limassol, one in Platres, one in Larnaca, one in Protaras, one in Paphos and one in Polis. To fully charge a car takes around three hours.

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