Thursday, 27 June 2019

Questions (220)

Joe Carey

Question:

220. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to subvent or grant aid in a similar manner to that of an electric car the cost of an electric tractor for a suitable farming enterprise; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27278/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The purchase of electric vehicles is supported by a grant of €5,000 for private purchases and €3,800 for the purchase by businesses. These grants apply to passenger cars (vehicle category M1) and vans (vehicle category N1). These are considered the categories of vehicle where electric vehicles provide the most viable alternative to the fossil fuel vehicles. While there are currently no plans to extend the grants beyond these vehicle categories, the supports for electric vehicles continue to be kept under review.