Availability of Electric Vehicles:
Although the customs tariff for electric vehicles has been reduced to as low as 0% for some vehicles, local automotive vehicles are struggling to import electric vehicles due to availability. The timeline for implementing this strategy will need to be amended based on the latest market data.
Government Vehicles which have reached there thresholds:
There are approximately 343 government owned vehicles and equipment (including trailers and other accessories) at or approaching the end of their respective life cycle. This includes 40 cars, 46 vans, 30 SUVs and 62 pickup trucks. Electric Vehicles may be suitable for the replacement of some of these vehicles, depending on usage. EV training for DVES staff Training in electric vehicle maintenance for Department of Vehicle Services staff commenced in 2020, however this was paused due to COVID as the trainer had to leave the island. Discussions are ongoing to arrange training via zoom.
• It was agreed the RFP for vehicles will include the provision of EV chargers to avoid having to store or install EV chargers in advance without knowing the proposed location.
• The DVES Vehicle Standardization of Procurement Policy on purchasing vehicles will be updated to include EVs and then presented to Cabinet for approval.
• Government has purchased 8 Type 2 EV charging stations to be installed at civic centres and public spaces. Stakeholder Meetings CUC has been hosting stakeholder meetings for potential EV vendors and potential charging station hosts. Eight charging stations have been ordered and are scheduled to arrive in November and be placed at three commercial building properties.
Broad Outcome 5 of the 2022-2024 Strategic Policy Statement states: Promote the use of electric vehicles in the public transport system. The Ministry of Tourism and Transportation will be leading this initiative.
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On 16th July 2019, Cabinet approved duty incentives to increase the use of electric, hybrid, alternative fuels vehicles and non-fossil fuel transport in alignment with goals of the Cayman Islands National Energy Policy. Details regarding the new custom tariffs can be found under the promotions section of this website.