Electric Vehicles (EV) refer to both Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV). Under the European Union (EU) Renewable Energy Directive, Ireland's target is to achieve 10% electric vehicle usage by 2020, which is equivalent to having 230,000 vehicles on the road. In 2013 the energy in the transport sector accounted for 33% of the energy we use in Ireland. The Department of Transport Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) has overall responsibility for improving the sustainability of the transport sector. Aside from the Biofuels Obligation Scheme, the second aspect of a twin approach in meeting our EU target for the use of renewable energy in transport is to encourage the accelerated development and usage of electric vehicles. EU policy also includes the deployment of electric vehicles as part of an alternative fuels strategy to break the over-dependence of European transport on oil. Electric vehicles offer an increasingly realistic solution to the challenge of reducing the transport sector’s greenhouse gas emissions and reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels. The EU Directive on the deployment of alternative fuels aims to ensure the build-up of alternative refuelling points across Europe, including a common plug for recharging electric vehicles. Member States must set and make public their targets and present their national policy frameworks by end-2016. The Directive requires Member States to set targets for recharging points accessible to the public, to be built by 2020, to ensure that electric vehicles can circulate at least in urban and suburban environments.
Electric Vehicles Supports
The Electric Vehicle Grant Scheme was introduced in April 2011 to incentivise and support the early deployment of electric vehicles in Ireland. Grants of up to €5,000 are available. These grants are in addition to:
Further information on the Electric Vehicles Grant Scheme is available at SEAI
The ESB, through its ‘ecars’ programme is continuing to roll out publicly accessible charging infrastructure and domestic charge points. Home chargers are currently supplied free of charge to any person qualifying for a grant under the Electirc Vehicle Grant Scheme.
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