The electricity-powered vehicles are seen as a factor for sustainable urban development.They contribute to emission reduction . The electromobiles will be priority in public procurement in Bulgaria in the next years. As of 2014, all state institutions and municipalities in the country will purchase only electricity-powered service cars.
The electricity-powered automobiles of the Chinese carmaker Great Wall started to be produced at the factory of Litex Motors near the town of Lovech.The factory occupies an area of 500 acres near Lovech and has a capacity of producing 50,000 cars a year in two shifts.Since the launch of the project nearly two years ago invested money without the value of the purchased land in Lovech village Bahovitsa amounted to 55 millions BGN. It remains to realize the second phase, which will close the full cycle of production and will be differentiated industrial zone in the region. The first series of electromobiles will be ready as of the spring, 2012
There is a project for building electromobile's charging infrastrcature in the main big cities in the country Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna. The project will be financed with funding from the Kozluduy Energy Fund.
Barriers and Drivers
Main driving factors:
- Economic potential and opportunities for new employment in the region.
The product is new to the Bulgarian market and economic side related information ( such as costs and profit) is not available. However, it is clear that there is a market for the product not only in the country but also in the EU and other neghbouring countries. This is because of the recent tendencies towards sustainable cities, need for polution reduction and search of alternatives to limited natural resources, including fuels.
Creation of opportunity for new employment in the area.High functionality of product, good design and comfort, along with contribiuting to a healthy environment.
Long term environmental impact is linked to the use of electric cars which do not produce emissions and noise while driving.