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UTRECHT, Netherlands (April 17) – The Dutch development center for sustainable energy NOVEM runs a program to help introduce ‘clean’ vehicles. The market introduction often meets difficulties for psychological aspects (customers don’t recognize the merits of the product, or fear that a lack of infrastructure – filling stations, public electric chargers – may render their […]

UTRECHT, Netherlands (April 17) – The Dutch development center for sustainable energy NOVEM runs a program to help introduce ‘clean’ vehicles. The market introduction often meets difficulties for psychological aspects (customers don’t recognize the merits of the product, or fear that a lack of infrastructure – filling stations, public electric chargers – may render their car or scooter useless). In general, such introduction problems can be overcome with financial incentives. The ministry may subsidize through Novem any pre-concurrential development projects, demo projects, application projects and market introduction projects with a subsidy which may vary between 15-35% of the environment-related costs. Effectively, this means that an importer of electric scooters could get a subsidy resulting in a price reduction of € 800 on the consumer price of an electric scooter (from € 3795 to € 2995). Further applications for subsidies of this kind have to be submitted before July 1, 2003 at Novem (www.novem.nl). (OB)

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