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
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 drivingelectric.ie