Irish govt powers up electric vehicle drive
But is €1m enough?
'Leccy Tech The Irish Government has been bitten by the 'leccy car bug. Last week, it announced that it wants ten per cent of the cars running on Ireland's roads to be powered by electricity. That means 250,000 of them humming around the Emerald Isle by 2020.
A national task force will be set up to put flesh on the bones of this ambitious project, which will include the development of a national charging infrastructure that will include electric "filling stations" with battery-swap facilities.
Most motorists are expected to recharge their EVs overnight from domestic sockets. Ireland currently produces around ten per cent of its electricity from wind energy and plans to increase the proportion of power from renewable sources dramatically in the next decade.
Other key announcements include the setting up of a €1m ($1.26m/£855,000) R&D fund, tax incentives for companies buying electric vehicles and assistance for individual buyers. Under the company tax incentive scheme, businesses buying EVs will be able to write off the entire cost against their tax bill.
No details were announced about how private purchasers would benefit, though they will be issued with a "buyer's guide" and a "cost of ownership calculator" in an attempt to persuade them to switch to a greener automotive alternative.
Energy Minister Eamon Ryan – of the Green Party - said costs of electric vehicles would fall as they became more popular. "When you mass-produce electric vehicles, you'll see the cost dropping," he said. "When you provide the infrastructure to make it viable, that'll bring the cost down. We want to see tens of thousands of vehicles being sold, not a couple of hundred. In those circumstances they will be cheaper.”
However, Simon Coveney, Fine Gael's spokesman on energy, described the government's plans as “an unambitious and inadequate response to the emissions problem in the transport sector”.
Leccy cars may not be a dirty business, but politics still is.
Electric vehicles aren't clean!
Rubbish! What a load of tripe. In comparison to an oil-powered vehicle that requires between 2 & 10 thousand more parts, the making of the electric vehicle is a huge improvement over its predecessor. Yes it will take more electricity to run the vehicle & to charge it is possibly going to require 2 to 3 times the amount of power provided for each community but the deal is to improve the way that electricity is produced.
The progress in the building of electric cars on a factory-base is happening & the overall move in this area has all pundits working toward a common goal. The best part of this is that so far no corporate "creepo" has control of the development. What the end result of this is that we will be able to create our own energy to supplement our needs at home.
Wake up Mr because you're obviously just another naysayer.
well put, crypt !
Fianna Fáil - the finest politicians money can buy.
green my hole
if all car in the planet were powered by leccy, has anyone calculated the impact on the environment it would have to produce all that leccy to constantly recharge all those cars every 100 Km? its a well known fact that electricity is the most in-efficient means to power transport.
So, the main possible source of leccy will end up being nuclear power (as stated in an earlier post)???
so, take the next leap of faith... nuc power stations have become taboo and un popular, a puplic menace, a safety threat.
Whats the bets that the people behind the FUD of Climate Change ( note, its no longer Global Warming, because Climate Change can be true whether it gets cooler or warmer..handy that!!!) are the same people with a financial interest in nuc power... plays into their hands nicely....
bugger, lets go mental and thing about the possibility that if everyone cycled instead of driving then the extra CO2 we would exert from physical activity might be worse than the cars???
or maybe i am just an idiot....
oh, and read this
the intelligent among you will know what it means... ;-)
this year , i will be mostly driving a V12.