Monday 16 September 2019

Tolls plan for electric vehicles 'in weeks'

Electric car
Electric car
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Details of a plan that would reduce or abolish tolls for electric vehicles will be revealed soon.

Transport Minister Shane Ross previously announced he had managed to get funding to incentivise a "tolling regime for electric vehicles".

A department spokesman told Independent Motors that details of the scheme were being finalised and we could expect the system to be introduced "in the near future".

He said the minister would reveal more details over the coming weeks.

It is part of a series of measures from the Low Emitting Vehicles Task Force, set up to speed the wider use of electric vehicles.

Easing or abolishing the burden of tolls is regarded as one strategic means of getting people to shift to electric. Use of bus lanes is another.

Meanwhile, the swing to hybrids continues unabated. Toyota Europe say 48pc of the cars they sold in the first quarter of 2018 were hybrid.

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