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Published on June 30th, 2016 | by James Ayre


Ukraine Drops ~10% Import Duty For Electric Cars

June 30th, 2016 by  

Update: The article originally mentioned a 28% import duty, but the import duty for all cars was dropped to 10% late last year.

ImprimirThe Ukrainian Parliament has gone ahead and passed a bill that will see the import duty on electric vehicles dropped.

The third attempt to vote on the draft law occurred in the session hall on Thursday — with a winning vote of 242 MP votes for the measure, out of a total of 341.

Here’s more: “The bill suggests that vehicles equipped with electric motors should be exempt from import duties, according to the explanatory note to the bill. The bill is designed to facilitate the protection of the environment, ensure Ukraine’s energy independence, simplify households’ access to advanced technologies and latest developments, improve the quality of passenger transportation in Ukraine and reduce its costs.”

The explanatory note accompanying the vote clarifies that, with reduced costs, the expectation is that electric vehicle (EV) adoption will pick up.

I think there’s a good chance our friend Hanna Yanchuk had a hand in this.

(Tip of the hat to “vitaliy” on the TMC forum for this.)

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  • Matt

    Cars with electric motors, that would be windshield wipers? You don’t need to link to text if you copied it all, there is no additional information there. Pure EVs, PHEV, Hybrids, pure ICE with windshield wipers?

    • Brunel

      Hence I said that cars with a battery bigger than 5kWh should be the criteria.

  • heinbloed

    A neo-lib joke 🙂

    Ukraine has no power to charge the cars:


    The US-led clowns try to distract from reality whenever and wherever there is a stage for them:


    As long as some ‘think tanks’ can eat away on the people’s flesh any headline manufacturing will do.

    • neroden

      Hey, Tesla will sell solar panels and batteries to power the cars.

  • Brunel


    Come on Singapore and India, you should remove all taxes on cars that have a battery bigger than 10kWh.

  • Vadik Veselovsky

    I believe they have dropped the duties on both e and ice cars, maybe with a slight advantage for evs… I would double check..

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