Taxi drivers to get €7,000 grant for switching to electric cars


Taxi drivers and operators of other public service vehicles are set to benefit from a new €7,000 grant scheme aimed at encouraging them to opt for electric vehicles. Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, has announced a new incentive scheme offering a €7,000 grant towards the purchase of an electric vehicle for those with a small public service vehicle (SPSV) licence. That grant is on top of the existing electric car incentives – the €5,000 rebate on vehicle registration tax, a €3,800 grant from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), and the upcoming new grant from the SEAI for installing a home-charging point.

The Department of Transport grant applies to any fully electric vehicle up to six years old, although the amount reduces according to the age of the car. A smaller €3,500 grant applies if you want to buy a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) for taxi use, but only those with Co2 emissions lower than 65g/km. Conventional hybrids are excluded.

The move is the latest in a series of measures being introduced by the Government to promote electric car ownership. Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe introduced a one-year exemption on benefit in kind for electric vehicles in the budget, and it is expected that the exemption will be rolled out for at least three years, including a suspension of any benefit in kind levied on charging your electric car at work.

Meanwhile, Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten has stated that he is looking at other ways to encourage an increase in the move to electric vehicles, including making motorways tolls free for electric cars and banning sales of any non-hybrid or electric car from 2030 onwards. However, the current financial incentives are still not having much effect. Electric cars accounted for a paltry 0.25 per cent of the market last year, with just 622 sold in total in a total new car market of 131,335.



Natural Resources Institute Finland and Qvidja Kraft Ab have together taken a major step in bringing environmentally friendly energy to market


“Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) has sold the pending patents for the biomethane reactor it developed to Qvidja Kraft Oy. At the same time, the researchers responsible for the development work transferred to the company´s employment.

The method both stores renewable energy and produces biomethane with a high efficiency ratio. The new technology can help in achieving a carbon-neutral society.”

“The agreement between Qvidja Kraft Ab and Luke is an important opening for Luke in transferring to practice innovations developed through research. During the long period of development, patents have been sought for a number of innovations made. (…) Luke´s scientists will transfer with the transaction to Qvidja Kraft Ab. This will enable the development work to continue. The development of the reactors and new products will be continued and further expanded at Qvidja Kraft. (…) Qvidja Kraft Ab is a wood and biogas company which develops renewable energy solutions both at farm level and at industrial-scale level.”  (Luke News)

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