Lithuania is planning to spend €10 million in 2017 on developing infrastructure for electric cars. Seventeen new charging stations are planned to be installed on highways across the country in addition 150 in cities and towns.
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Fewer than 200 electric cars have been registered in Lithuania so far, although the government has said cutting traffic pollution is a priority.

Experts say price is the biggest factor limiting the popularity of electric cars in Lithuania. They say that offering value-added tax (VAT) exemptions could boost sales.

Meanwhile the Ministry of Communication says there are no plans to cut VAT rate for new electric vehicles. The Ministry says municipal authorities should consider measures to promote electric cars, like special lanes and free parking.

The central government has instructed Lithuania's municipalities to include charging stations into their city planning. The first charging stations should appear in the second half of 2017.

Electric car drivers can expect to start using fast charging stations on highways next year.

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