Ireland has a very high dependence on oil in the transport sector (97%). As a result, our country has a vested interest in diversifying the fuel mix in the sector for a number of policy reasons, not least energy security, air quality and emissions reduction. In Ireland, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) has been given lead responsibility for transposing the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Directive (2014/94/EU).
However, given the close relationship between transport and energy demand, DTTAS is working closely with the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to help develop the associated National Policy Framework. A draft National Policy Framework on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure for Transport in Ireland was put on public display in October 2016 for a period of 6 weeks; a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) were also conducted in tandem with the Draft Framework in accordance with the EU SEA Directive and EU Habitats Directive; DTTAS are now in the process of finalising the Framework along with the associated SEA and Natura Impact Statement.
Grant support where the consumer receives up to €5,000 off the cost price of the vehicle.
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EV's qualify for VRT (purchase tax) reliefs of up to €5,000.
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Tax reduction - CO2 based motor tax
|Company Tax Benefits||
A tax incentive for companies paying corporation tax is in place in the form of Accelerated Capital Allowances for Energy Efficient Equipment. Since 2008, this scheme has been allowing companies to write off 100% of the purchase value of qualifying energy efficient equipment against their profit in the year of purchase. The scheme supports the purchase of BEVs, PHEVs, hybrid vehicles and the associated charging equipment.
- Free on-street parking while charging in some local authorites.
- Free charging at normal and high power public recharging points.
Free installation of domestic chargers up to 2,000