• Daniel Tihn

Malta Taking Steps To Become An All Electric Country: 14% Of New Cars Are Battery Powered 🔋

A few months back, Joseph Muscat openly spoke about his wishes to make Malta one of the first European countries to move to an all-electric powered vehicle infrastructure. Back then, many people laughed at him, believing that while it may be possible to transform into a greener country, being one of the first European countries seemed impossible (especially since Joey said that he wouldn't be changing his new Alfa to an electric alternative).

Well, after NSO released some new stats about Q2 of 2019, it seems that our PM's dreams, although slim, have a chance at coming true.

The Current State Of Maltese Roads

Right now, there are 391,914 vehicles on our roads. While this includes all types of energy sources such as diesel, petrol, electric, LPG, and hybrids, our motor situation is clearly reflected in our air quality. On Monday, Euronews gave Malta an air quality index forecast of 4 (5 being the worst), with the same forecast being given for today.

About 82 cars are registered every day, increasing the numbers on the street by 574 vehicles every week. With a population of roughly 460,297 (as of 2017), the number of cars should plateau as it becomes equal to the population, yet with rentable cars & bikes, busses, and minivans, the number may continue to grow at a steady pace.

14% Of New Cars In Q2, 2019 Were Hybrid Or Electric

Last week, NSO released the stats for the number of vehicles on the road as of the second quarter of 2019. And they are the bearer of (mostly) good news. Since the end of 2018's Q2, there has only been an increase of 12,577 cars showing that while 574 vehicles are being registered weekly, in reality less than half are actually increasing the total numbers.

Out of the newly registered cars in Q2 of 2019, 14% of them were hybrid (9%) or electric (5%). This means that with the current total of 391,914 vehicles on our roads, 1,422 are completely electric and 1,858 are hybrid (this includes both petrol and diesel types). Although this only forms 0.8% of the total cars on the road, the number has doubled since last year (1636 were hybrids or electrics, forming 0.4% of the then total).

What Happens Now?

The stats seem good, yet numbers can never tell the full story. With the rise of GoTo and other electric rental services, the rise of electric cars may not mean that personal vehicles are increasing their eco-friendly numbers as much as you think.

There may still be a shining light. In 2016, 22,187 cars were scrapped which was three times the amount of the previous year (7,223 cars were scrapped in 2015). So while more and more cars are added onto our streets every day, more and more cars are subsequently scrapped, clearing up more space for newer models, and hopefully less polluting ones.

Is it worth buying an electric or hybrid car? Or are you happy with petrol powered vehicles? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. ⚡️