In Ire­land

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Ire­land cur­rently has a range of pol­icy mea­sures (in­clud­ing tax re­lief) that sup­port the up­take of elec­tric ve­hi­cles. These in­clude: ■ A pur­chase grant of up to ¤5,000 ■ Ve­hi­cle Regis­tra­tion Tax re­lief of up to ¤5,000 ■ The EV Home Charger grant of up to ¤600 to­wards the cost of the in­stal­la­tion of a do­mes­tic charge point ■ Zero per cent ben­e­fit-in-kind tax treat­ment for battery elec­tric ve­hi­cles (BEVs) ■ Grants of up to ¤7,000 for EVs for the taxi sec­tor ■ Low rate of an­nual mo­tor tax avail­able (¤120 a year for battery elec­tric ve­hi­cles) ■ Ac­cel­er­ated cap­i­tal al­lowances for busi­nesses ■ Tolling re­duc­tions (to be in­tro­duced this sum­mer) ■ A net­work of pub­lic charg­ing points

Charge points

There is a net­work of pub­licly avail­able charge points lo­cated through­out Ire­land. Most of these are op­er­ated by the ESB, through its eCars pro­gramme. Al­though the ex­ist­ing ca­pac­ity of the pub­lic-charg­ing net­work is con­sid­ered ad­e­quate, ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­vi­ron­ment, de­vel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture to meet grow­ing de­mand is nec­es­sary.

There are cur­rently no le­gal or reg­u­la­tory bar­ri­ers to the pro­vi­sion of pub­lic-charg­ing ser­vices on a com­mer­cial ba­sis by pri­vate op­er­a­tors and, as the elec­tric ve­hi­cle mar­ket de­vel­ops, it is likely there will be a range of dif­fer­ent op­er­a­tors of­fer­ing charg­ing ser­vices.

“A key as­pect of the work of the Low Emis­sion Ve­hi­cle Task­force, which is co-chaired by the De­part­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Cli­mate Ac­tion and En­vi­ron­ment and the De­part­ment of Trans­port, Tourism and Sport, is to de­vise a sus­tain­able pol­icy frame­work to en­sure suf­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture. This is likely to re­quire the in­tro­duc­tion of new sup­port mea­sures for pub­lic charg­ing. In this re­gard, fund­ing has been al­lo­cated in the de­part­ment’s bud­get this year,” a spokesper­son for the de­part­ment said.

“Since the in­tro­duc­tion of the EV pur­chase grant scheme in 2011, ¤15 mil­lion has been pro­vided to sup­port the pur­chase of over 3,000 new elec­tric ve­hi­cles.” For more in­for­ma­tion on EVs, go to drivin­g­elec­

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