Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Ceisteanna (201, 202)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

201. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the funding spent and number of cars covered by the electric vehicle purchase grant in each year since its creation by month, by hybrid cars, plug hybrid cars and fully electric vehicles to date in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39996/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

202. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the annual expenditure on the electric and hybrid vehicle scheme since its inception; and the number of each class of vehicle that has been granted a subsidy in each year in tabular form. [40001/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 201 and 202 together.

The electric vehicle purchase grant, introduced in April 2011, provides grant aid of up to €5,000 towards the purchase of a new battery electric vehicle or new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. The scheme does not support the purchase of standard hybrid vehicles.

From the introduction of the scheme to date, grant support has been provided for the purchase of a total of almost 8,400 new vehicles to the value of nearly €39 million. Approximately two-thirds of the grants have been provided to battery electric vehicles with the remaining one-third to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

SEAI, who operate the grant, have provided detail of the number of grants paid in each month and the annual spend since the scheme commenced. This is set out in the following table.

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Jan

0

2

1

14

38

0

20

61

0

Feb

0

0

6

27

89

69

131

135

566

Mar

0

8

5

30

44

127

93

153

588

Apr

0

3

2

22

72

88

88

153

662

May

0

18

4

24

64

46

83

211

425

Jun

23

23

6

9

27

42

59

159

307

Jul

5

10

5

19

41

32

51

58

301

Aug

11

14

7

22

71

93

112

475

573

Sep

2

6

5

33

66

54

86

221

394

Oct

0

17

3

25

20

42

55

210

Nov

0

64

2

17

17

27

84

82

Dec

1

18

7

14

6

18

46

83

Total Number of grants

42

183

53

256

555

638

908

2001

3816

Amount paid (€m)

0.198

0.767

0.242

1,203

2.648

3.039

4.262

9.134

17.344

I have also requested the SEAI to follow up with the Deputies to provide further detail as requested in their questions.