The average age of vehicles in the Czech Republic is higher compared to the rest of the European Union. According to data from 2023, the number of electric cars in this country was approximately 14,000, however, most drivers in the Czech Republic still use petrol and diesel vehicles.
In the first six months of 2022, diesel vehicles accounted for a larger share of new car sales in the Czech Republic than in any other EU country, while in the rest of the EU, sales of diesel- powered cars fell significantly. Electric cars in the Czech Republic are still quite expensive, while the average wage in the country is also somewhat lower compared to Western Europe. There is also an inadequate charging infrastructure, which makes their use for longer journeys difficult, as it requires detailed route planning.
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The city of Prague currently provides free parking for electric cars in main city zones, but this privilege will be abolished on December 31, 2024, which does not mean that the state will not continue to invest in electromobility. This change is part of the upcoming reform of the parking system in Prague, according to the city’s website.
Given that the number of e-vehicles will inevitably grow and that they take up as much space as other cars, this rule will not be able to survive in the long run, hence its abolition.
However, the city will continue to invest in charging infrastructure and therefore plans to increase investments in electric chargers with the help of European subsidies. The city of Prague has already spent about CZK 220 million on developing charging infrastructure and the plan is to install about 800 charging points on public lighting by 2026.