Tuesday, 1 February 2022

EIB: 73% of Croatian Citizens Thinking About Buying Electric or Hybrid Car

ZAGREB, 1 Feb 2022 - A climate survey by the European Investment Bank (EIB) has indicated that 73% of Croatians say they would opt for a hybrid or electric vehicle next time they purchase a vehicle, whereas 27% say they would choose a petrol/diesel car.

The EIB Climate Survey 2021-2022 shows that older citizens prefer an electric vehicle whereas younger citizens prefer a petrol or diesel car.

The survey explores people's views on climate change in a rapidly changing world and focuses on citizens' individual behaviour and the actions they are taking to combat climate change.

According to the survey, the majority of Croatians (73%) would buy either a hybrid or electric vehicle when next buying a car, with the share of those preferring an electric vehicle (37%) being almost the same as the share of those who prefer a hybrid vehicle (36%).

The survey also shows that as citizens' age increases so does their preference for an electric or hybrid vehicle, with 52% of those older than 65 preferring electric or hybrid cars compared with 34% of those aged between 30 and 64, and 30% of those younger than 30.

Younger Croatians are more likely to purchase a petrol or diesel car (41%).

A hybrid vehicle would be the first choice for 40% of Croatians aged between 30 to 64, which is 10 percentage points higher than for citizens aged over 65 (30%) and 11 percentage points more than for those younger than 30 (29%).

At the same time, only 11% said they don't own a vehicle and do not intend to buy one. This is 2 percentage points lower than the EU average.

Regarding their preference for hybrid or electric vehicles, Croats rank close to Hungarians (72%), Slovenians (71%) and are more likely to do so than Austrians (51%) and Czechs (48%), EIB reported on its website.

Croats aren't that much in favour of petrol or diesel cars, with only 27% saying that would be their next car. That is 22 percentage points less than the share of Austrians planning to buy such a car (49%) and 25 percentage below the share of Czechs (52%). Once again, similarly to Croatians, 28% of Hungarians would opt for a petrol or diesel car, as would 29% of Slovenians.

Most Europeans favour hybrid vehicles

Generally, when thinking about their next car, most Europeans (39%) would opt for a hybrid car, followed by petrol and diesel vehicles (33%) and electric cars (28%).

EIB notes that 86% of Croatians feel they are doing all they can to fight climate change in their daily lives, but the majority believe that their compatriots are not doing the same.

Furthermore, 62% say they consider climate change when choosing a holiday destination, 43% young Croatians consider climate change when looking for a job while 40% of young Croatians say they already buy second-hand clothes instead of new ones.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Zagreb City Authorities Cut Planned Vehicle Procurement by Two Thirds

ZAGREB, 21 Sept, 2021 - Zagreb Mayor Tomislav Tomašević said on Tuesday that instead of the planned procurement of 150 cars, the city administration would procure 50 vehicles for city services and half of these will run on hybrid or electric power.

"We cancelled the previous call for the rental of 150 vehicles which was valued at HRK 4.5 million a year and we will now launch the procedure for the procurement of 50 vehicles and the cost for that will be HRK 1.8 million a year," Tomašević told a regular press conference.

The novelty is that half of those vehicles will run on hybrid or electric power. "In that regard, our administration will promote green public procurement. We want to change the city's vehicle pool and there will be some savings in terms of power used by cars," he said.

Deputy Mayor Danijela Dolenec informed that a task force would be established for the city's finances. She will head that advisory task force that would be set up to help improve overall financial sustainability and plan the city's budget and of its companies.

The five-member task force includes two external members: parliamentarians, Damir Bakić of the We Can party and Boris Lalovac of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

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Friday, 6 August 2021

New Car Sales Up by 40%

ZAGREB, 6 Aug 2021 - In July 2021, 5,675 new passenger vehicles were sold in Croatia, up 10.6% on the year, while 31,778 new vehicles were sold in the first seven months of the year, an increase of 40.8%, the Promocija Plus market research agency said on Friday.

Volkswagen sold the largest number of new passenger vehicles in the first seven months of the year (4,589), accounting for 14.4% of all sales.

Škoda was second with 3,508 new cars sold, a share of 11%, and Opel was third with 2,693 cars sold, a share of 8.5%.

In July, Opel sold the most cars (679), followed by Volkswagen (258).

Petrol vehicles accounted for 54.8% of all cars sold in the first seven months of the year, followed by diesel vehicles (25.5%). Electric vehicles accounted for 1.5% of the cars sold in said period, gas vehicles for 3.8% and hybrids for 14.4%.

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