Proposal to expand electric mobility incentives in Dominican Republic

The executive director of the National Energy Commission (CNE), engineer Edward Veras, raised the need for incentives for electric mobility and favored the participation of third parties in the sale of energy for such purposes.

Veras indicated that the electric mobility incentive law only establishes incentives for the acquisition of vehicles, not for the purchase of electric chargers and spare parts.

He assured that the bill on efficiency and mobility currently before the Senate of the Republic guarantees to third parties that they can sell energy to electric vehicles within the concession zones of the distributors.

He specified that the bill proposes a reformulation of article 438 of the regulations of the General Energy Law, number 125-01, to allow the sale of electricity by third parties, only in the case of electric vehicles.

The official stated the need to resume the national energy planning, ordered to the CNE by Law 125-01, to guarantee the future energy supply in view of the imminent penetration of electric mobility and the transfer of the use of fuel as energy for transit and transportation.

He expressed that: “a broader law is necessary, which, without affecting public finances, favors those involved in the process of development of public mobility in the country”.

He recalled that Law 103-13 allows the importation of electric vehicles, and that their owners only pay 50% of the tariffs, of the Tax on the Transfer of Industrialized Goods and Services (ITBIS) and of the first license plate.

While participating in the panel “Evolution of the Electric Vehicle in the Dominican Republic”, Verás emphasized that as electric mobility increases, fuel consumption is reduced throughout the national territory.

During the panel organized by Vehículos Eléctricos RD to celebrate World Electric Vehicle Day, he meant that “the greater the electric mobility, the healthier and friendlier the environment, the less fuel consumption and the more foreign exchange savings”.

He informed that for November, the CNE Council plans to know and approve the National Energy Plan (PEN), where the growth of electric vehicles in the national market is contemplated, since this reality has a direct impact on energy planning.

He specified that the reduction of fuel consumption due to the increase of electric mobility impacts energy generation, transmission and the institutions involved in the process.

Edward Veras revealed that a commission of the different actors involved in the sector delivered the energy efficiency bill to the Senate.

He considered that electricity planning in all areas is fundamental for the country’s progress and to meet the goals established in the 2030 Development Strategy.

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