Why we're well placed to cash in on future motoring
Ireland is well positioned to benefit from the rollout and needs of the new electric era, SIMI president Gerard O'Farrell told the association's annual dinner.
He said the creation of autonomous, connected, electric, shared technologies will "offer potential for high-calibre job creation and significant economic growth".
He also called for the Government to act immediately to prepare a national infrastructure for the new era.
While he highlighted the industry's commitment to zero emissions vehicles, he warned against short-term decisions, based on a "simplistic view of the environmental and air quality challenges".
He also pointed to the challenge of recruiting sufficient numbers of apprentices and other trainee professionals to the business - not least to safeguard against future skills' shortages.