Ireland sets goal of 10% electric cars by 2020


Electric version of the Smart Car

A package of incentives to encourage motorists to switch to electric vehicles has been unveiled by Irish Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan and Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey.

Under a scheme to cut the State’s €6 billion annual bill for imported fossil fuels, while at the same time reducing carbon emissions, businesses which purchase electric vehicles will be able to write off 100 per cent of the cost against tax…

Mr Ryan said Ireland was almost uniquely placed with “a massive renewable wind resource that we can tap into. We can store that at night, plug in our vehicles, power up the battery, and then have a cheap form of fuel the next day”…

The Government has set a target of 10 per cent of all vehicles to be electrically powered by 2020, a figure which Mr Dempsey said would be difficult to achieve.

The figure represents some 250,000 electric cars coming into use over the next 12 years.

Once again, a small nation leads the way for the big countries.

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