Ghent is canceling a subsidy of 3,000 euros for the purchase of electric shared cars.
“This is not a saving. I repeat: we are not making any savings.” Tine Heyse (Green), councilor for Climate, had some difficulty in the municipal council on Monday explaining why she is removing a subsidy for electric shared cars.
Opposition party PVDA sees savings in this. “And while people are already having a hard time with the anti-social low-emission zone,” councilor Yüksel Kalaz grumbled. But that is not correct, Heyse made clear. “That money simply goes back into the pot with other subsidies for sustainable mobility.”
An organization or private individual could receive 3,000 euros from the City of Ghent to buy an electric car. The condition was that the car was purchased by a recognized sharing organization or immediately joined.
But now that the Flemish government itself offers incentives of 5,000 euros to buy electric cars, Ghent is abolishing the local premium. “We don’t want to subsidize twice,” says Heyse. The subsidy was not a great success, however.
Since 2020, the City of Ghent has awarded incentives for 44 electric shared vehicles. Other premiums are much more popular, such as trading in a license plate in exchange for 500 euros. Last year, more than two hundred applications were submitted to the City of Ghent.