Government incentives driving change

Only 3 in 10 of the addition to the passenger car fleet in the last 12 months run on petrol or diesel only.

At the end of the first quarter of this year, only six out of every 100 cars on Malta’s roads were not running on petrol or diesel alone. Although this seems like a small proportion, statistics show that, when looking at the additions to the passenger car fleet, the share swings the other way round.

While cars powered only with petrol increased from 208,614 in March 2023 to 211,574, cars running just on diesel fell from 95,052 to 94,124 over a twelve-month period.

This means that, between March 2023 and March 2024, 2,032 additional cars worked with only petrol or diesel. In contrast, during the same time, there was an increase of 5,411 cars that do not use conventional fuel alone.

While the stock of cars powered solely by petrol or diesel increased by 0.7%, that of less polluting cars grew by 38%.

Out of every 10 cars that were added on the roads, only 3 were powered by conventional fuel. This indicates how strong the response is to the incentives the Government is giving towards a shift in private transport.

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