Updated: 06/02/18 : 07:15:50
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI)
welcomes the recent announcement by Minister Ross of a grant scheme for
Taxi/Limousine/Hackney (SPSV), aimed at increasing the uptake of new
electric vehicles (EVs) in the Irish taxi fleet.
The electric vehicle initiative will give Taxi drivers up to €7,000
towards the purchase of a new electric car on top of the VRT relief and
SEAI grants. Grant Incentives are available for a range of eligible
private and commercial electric vehicles along with an SEAI home charger
Alan Nolan Director General SIMI commented: “SIMI
having campaigned for incentives that help support the change to
electric cars such as free Tolls, parking and supports for recharging
installation, welcomes the announcement by Minister Ross of the new
grant scheme for taxis and other small public service vehicles. As we
start to see more electric vehicles on our roads this will help to
normalize the electric cars for consumers and their use as a public
service vehicle will aid in providing motorists with that experience,
while benefiting the environment.
As we have underlined before, strategies to increase electric car
sales, such as the very welcome BIK changes introduced in Budget 2018
take time to impact on purchasing decisions and on supply, as cars for
the Irish market are ordered up to six months in advance and we are
competing with other countries for supply. Once such incentives are
confirmed as being in place for a significant period (as the Minister
has signalled in relation to BIK) we will see the market respond
strongly and build to a much higher level over a number of years.
Ireland’s national fleet will continue with a mix of engine types
over the next few years with Diesel (57%) and Petrol (36%) engines the
greater market share in the new car market and still the required option
for very many vehicle buyers. As an Industry we are fully committed to
the supply of electric vehicles into the marketplace and we are
confident that continuously improving technology will deliver an ever
increasing market share for electric vehicles into the future.
Incentives will play an important part in helping consumers make their
purchasing decision to EVs a new cleaner technology”.