Minister Naughten has welcomed the launch of the new Electric SPSV Grant Scheme by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, TD. The scheme will support the increased uptake of electric vehicles in the SPSV (Taxi/Hackney/Limousine) sector.
The Minister stated: "My colleague Minister Ross and I continue to work together to ensure that all new passenger cars sold in Ireland from 2030 onwards will be zero emission vehicles. The Electric SPSV Grant is one of a range of support measures announced by Government last year, aimed at promoting a low-carbon electric vehicle future."
Grants of up to €7000 will be available for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and up to €3500 for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). The Electric SPSV Grant can also be used alongside other EV incentives including the EV Home Charger Grant, which was launched by Minister Naughten on 1 January 2018. The EV Home Charger Grant scheme provides a grant of up to €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger unit for eligible EV drivers.
The Minister added: "It is important that the public is aware of the benefits of EVs and the supports that are available. For this reason, government is funding a Public Engagement Programme which will include the opportunity for people to test drive EVs at roadshows nationwide and public sector and commercial fleet trials. This programme will be rolled out throughout 2018."
The Electric SPSV Grant Scheme, which opens for applications on 1 February 2018, will be administered by the National Transport Authority on behalf of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport. Further information is available from www.nationaltransport.ie.
Note for Editors
Package of measures announced in Budget 2018 to drive uptake in electric vehicle (EV) ownership includes:
- the continuation of the EV purchase Grant (of up to €5,000);
- the continuation of VRT relief (of up to €5,000);
- a new benefit in kind rate of 0% for battery electric vehicles for a minimum of three years;
- a new grant to support the installation of home charger points for buyers of new and second-hand EVs;
- a new grant to support the use of EVs as taxis, hackneys and limousines;
- funding to support the operation and development of the public charging network with a specific emphasis on increasing the number of rapid chargers;
- funding to support a reduction in tolls for EVs.
A Public Engagement Programme is also planned, which will include:
- a national awareness campaign;
- a driver experience roadshow which will give people the opportunity to drive an EV and experience the benefits for themselves;
- public sector and commercial fleet trials; and
- supports for electric vehicle use in car sharing trials.