Monday 10 December 2018

We better get a move on: Over 500,000 electric vehicles and new hybrid ban by 2030

Communications Minister Denis Naughten (Picture: Tom Burke)
Communications Minister Denis Naughten (Picture: Tom Burke)
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

We better get a move on. I know the National Plan has barely cooled from the printing presses, but of the many targets set within its copious aspirations the one that, naturally, sticks out for motorists is the number of electric vehicles they plan to have on the road by 2030.

"At least 500,000", it says. That's nearly half a million more in 12 years.

Of course it can be done. Can't it?

No new hybrids will be allowed to be sold from 2030, the plan also says.

There were serious question marks over Environment Minister Denis Naughten's claim in an interview with Motors in which he said only 'pure' electric vehicles - no hybrids - would be on sale from new in 12 years' time.

It is a tall order and is already being doubted in certain quarters. And where, people ask, is the 'additional charging infrastructure' for all those EVs going to come from given the state of the current set up?

But the plan is adamant: "No new non-zero emission vehicles to be sold in Ireland post 2030."

And no NCT certificate will be issued for non-zero emission cars post 2045.

As I say, we better get a move on.

Indo Motoring

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