Hybrid car imports are going through the roof in Georgia
11 December, 2018
Hybrid car imports are going through the roof in Georgia
Thanks to their fuel economy, the popularity of hybrid cars is increasing in Georgia, where fuel affordability is low and prices for fuel are unstable. Especially for people who use their car on a daily basis, a hybrid car goes easy on their budget. “My expenses are much lower now that I have a hybrid car”, says Gia, a taxi driver in Tbilisi.

Gia travels around 200 kilometers each day. According to him, he spares at least 5 GEL a day,
thanks to the hybrid engine. This adds up to 150 GEL a month or 1,800 GEL a year. A sum that is not to be sneezed at given the fact that Gia earns around 700 to 800 GEL a month.

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Hybrid cars are a familiar sight in Tbilisi

Four months ago, he decided to get rid of his old Mercedes and buy a Toyota Prius. Gia admits that his decision was facilitated by the tax advantage on hybrid cars. Since 2016, hybrid car imports are being taxed approximately 60% less than non-hybrid cars, whereas electro mobiles are free of tax.

Gia is by far not the only Georgian who decided to say goodbye to conventional fuel car. According to the Georgian Ministry of Finance, the number of hybrid car imports leaped last year – thanks to the tax reduction.

2014: 0.7% of all cars imported were hybrid cars
2015: 1.4%
2016: 5.7 %
2017: 42%

The Toyota Prius tops the list in hybrid cars and has also made it into the list of the top 10 most frequently imported cars in Georgia.

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Hybrid cars are gaining popularity in Georgia thanks to their fuel economy

The reason for the fuel economy of hybrid cars is that their electric and fuel combustion motors work better at different speeds. While the combustion engine is better for maintaining high speed, the electric motor is more efficient at producing torque, and thus, especially efficient when driving at low speed and in traffic jams. This comes handy in the traffic exposed city of Tbilisi.

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