Neuquén city electrical mobility gets a boost


22/09/2019

The Secretary of Modernization, Rubén Etcheverry, cheered the aproval of the City Council legislation that fosters and promotes the use of environment-friendly electric and alternative vehicles in Neuquén city, by exempting vehicle registration tax for three years.

"It is an important step towards a smart, modern and sustainable city backed by public policies from Mayor Horacio Quiroga," he pointed out, while remembering other initiatives such as incentives for ecobuliding projects.

Etcheverry also considered that in this way the Municipality speeds up and facilitates the transition towards electric and alternative vehicles, "a world trend, mostly in urban areas, which is also taking the center of the stage in Neuquén," he insisted.

He recalled that in February this year an electric vehicle was presented during the Confluencia Festivity and "people were delighted with the benefits: less maintenance, less fuel consumption, lighter, and non-polluting."

"Now, we are trying to authorize a first fast-charge point in a gas station," anticipated the Municipal Secretary, "as it promotes and provides incentives for electromobility."
The Councillor for Cambiemos, Francisco Sánchez, was the one who promoted the bill that was unanimously passed by the City Council. "We are one of the first cities in the country to foster the use of this technology through legislation," said the Councillor by pointing out that "in Neuquén we have four registered vehicles."

"Approval was unanimous, as we all understand that measures like this improve the city. Once the City Council legislation is published in the Government Gazette those who purchase EVs may enjoy all benefits, such as tax cuts," he observed.

The Councillor confirmed that the legislation "exempts from vehicle registration taxes for three years since first registered to all electric and alternative vehicles in the city of Neuquén."

He went on by stating that the legislation benefits "fully electrically powered vehicles; electric hybrid vehicles (alternatively or jointly powered by a combustion engine,) FCEV vehicles (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles) powered by hydrogen or any other fuel, preferrably biofuel such as biodiesel or bioethanol; and those powered with alternative technologies, as defined by the Modernization Secretariat."

Translator: Emiliano Estevarena