The PORT-PVEV aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of using electric mobility in operations associated with ports and port areas.
This initiative was carried out by Transport Malta within the framework of the Port-Photovoltaic Electric Vehicle (PORT-PVEV) project; The project was co-financed by the Operational Programme (OP) Italy-Malta 2007-2013.
The overall objective of the project was to demonstrate how ports could be more energy efficient, and demonstrate the feasibility of using electric mobility in operations associated with ports and port areas.

Through PORT-PVEV, TM has deployed thirteen full EVs as part of its general fleet, ranging from crew and panel vans, passenger vehicles and quadricycles.
Charging points were also procured and installed to support the electric fleet. Through PV panels installed at each station, solar power is generated on-site and stored in batteries. If demand is too high, stations switch automatically and retrieve power from the national grid.
Furthermore, a photovoltaic (PV) plant was installed covering a span of 1,200 square metres on top of the Authority’s main building (situated within the Valletta Grand Harbour).

Resources needed

Total Budget for infastructure and vehicles including testing methodologies: 2.500.000,00 EUR (part-financed by ERDF)

Evidence of success

The PORT-PVEV project has achieved an overall 122.99 tonnes in savings of CO2 emissions per annum. Furthermore, 95 tonnes in CO2 emissions could potentially be saved on an annual basis through the use of the solar
charging stations, which offer the possibility of 3,285 EV charging events at full carbon neutrality. Moreover, considering air quality in Malta, a total of 45 tonnes of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and 1.6 tonnes of particulate matter (PM) emissions have been saved annually.

Difficulties encountered

There were initially difficulties with the procurement of the electric vehicles due to low number of bids.

Potential for learning or transfer

Considering that electromobility has now taken root in most European countries it is fairly easy to purchase the required vehicles and infrastructure offering more choices and varying technologies with improved capacity to meet different clients’ needs.
Moreover, through government grants and assistance, suppliers have been able to become better equipped to host electromobility, which requires different expertise than that of the combustion engine vehicles sector. Government grants can help to assist the private sector with the training of staff where necessary.

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Main institution
Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure (MTI)
Malta, Malta
Start Date
September 2012
End Date
December 2015


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