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15 million has been allocated by the Department of Transport to the electric vehicle taxi scheme

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Taxis (Stock Image)

Taxis (Stock Image)

Taxis (Stock Image)

Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has announced that taxi drivers will be offered up to €25,000 to buy Electric Vehicles.

15 million has been allocated by the Department of Transport to re-open the electric vehicle taxi scheme.

The grants will enable owners of small public service vehicles (SPSV), such as taxis and hackneys, to buy electric vehicles (EVs).

SPSV drivers can apply for grants of up to €10,000 towards the purchase of a new, full-battery eSPSV, with a further €2,500 available to convert it to a wheelchair-accessible model.

Taxi drivers are eligible for double the normal grant when they scrap an older, more polluting or high mileage vehicle and make the switch to electric.

By scrapping and switching to a new fully electric SPSV, €20,000 will be available.

If the taxi is a wheelchair-accessible electric vehicle, the support rises to €25,000.

SPSV drivers who make the switch to an EV can also avail of VRT relief of up to €5,000.

The Domestic Charger Scheme, up to €600, and annual toll refunds of up to €1,000.

Speaking about the scheme, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said: “The electrification of the taxi fleet has been earmarked by the Department of Transport as an important component in the transition to cleaner fuels, contributing to the achievement of our national targets under the Climate Action Plan 2021 for the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions in the transport sector.

“More and more professional taxi drivers are voting with their wallets and making the move to EVs as an efficient, sustainable and remarkably cost-effective alternative to expensive petrol and diesel.”

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Almost 600 drivers successfully applied for grants in 2021, with over €11 million paid out as well as €4 million in provisional grant offers.

In addition to the eSPSV scheme, the Department of Transport is set to continue to invest in the installation of SPSV-dedicated recharging infrastructure across Ireland.

A number of recharging spots are in place at both Dublin and Cork airports and at a number of train stations including Dublin Heuston, Cork (Kent) and Limerick (Colbert), with more to be added throughout 2022.

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