Transport

Helping municipalities purchase 1,290 EURO6 / CNG / electric buses in 2020-2029 with the provision that from 2022 the newly purchased buses must be electric [Hungary]

This measure would run from 2020 until 2029, and would be implemented through supporting municipalities and cities buying buses that either reach higher emission standards, are Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) or electric. The central government would support public procurement of greener busses by covering up to 20% of the cost. While the 20% support is rather small, there are some signs that municipalities are interested in using this policy.

Recommendations

  • CNG buses should not be eligible, and the focus should be strongly on electric buses.
  • The 20% state subsidy should be increased to at least 80% to reduce the financial pressure on municipalities that are greening their public transportation.

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