An­nounce­ment to help SPSV driv­ers move to Elec­tric Ve­hi­cles

Drogheda Independent - - MOTORING 2019 -

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.

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”.

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