The government has invested nearly US$30 million in subsidies for people who buy electric cars. However, the sum has largely been unused. Dagens Nyheter writes that only 96 subsidies have been given out, and only 16 of those were to private individuals.
The average cost of an electric or hybrid car is over US$43,000. The government subsidies cover less than a sixth of this price.
According to Jon Stenbäck, head of information at the Motormännen car drivers' organisation, this isn't enough to stimulate electric car sales.
"When we've spoken to our members, many of them have said they would like to drive an environmentally-friendly car, but they can't afford it", Stenbäck told Dagens Nyheter.