TIME TO GO ELECTRIC
18TH MARCH 2021
GRANT SCHEME NOW EXPANDED FOR SMALL PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLES (SPSVS) SUCH AS TAXIS WHO GO ELECTRIC.
The Government’s Electric SPSV (eSPSV) Grant scheme has now been increased to €15 million for 2021. The improvement of this scheme which is available for both taxis and hackneys means you can now avail up to €20,000 in grants to existing SPSV drivers who scrap their older, high mileage vehicles in for a new fully electric model. €25,000 will be available for those who have a wheelchair accessible model.
This scheme has increased from €1 million in 2020 to €15 million in 2021 as the Government up their efforts in helping to reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, while also standardising the use of electric vehicles in Ireland.
As part of the support for the SPSV sector, investment in the installation of SPSV dedicated recharging infrastructure occurred in 2020 with further installations at key transport hubs will also be completed in 2021. Key locations include Dublin & Cork airports, while Dublin (Heuston), Cork (Kent) and Limerick (Colbert) train stations will be available to SPSV drivers by March 2021.
SPSV drivers who make the switch to an electric vehicle can also avail of VRT relief (up to €5,000), the Domestic Charger Scheme (up to €600) and annual toll refunds (up to €1,000). This is in addition to the significant fuel savings and lower maintenance costs associated with electric models.
Growth in the all-electric segment from Mercedes-Benz, Mazda & SKODA has seen new model entrants arrive onto the market including the Mercedes-Benz EQC, EQA, Mazda MX-30 & the SKODA ENYAQ, with many more models set to arrive later in 2021.
If you wish to find out more about any of these all-electric models, contact any of our dealerships today.