The electric car finally seems to be getting a foothold in Ireland. Recent stats showed a major uptick in Electric Vehicle (EV) registrations this year. However, overall take-up in Ireland remains relatively low by international standards.
Globally the motor industry is ramping up production, with BMW recently announcing that it has produced 150,000 of its i3 electric model. Gerrit Heimberg, the Irish brand director for Volkswagen, recently told the Irish Times that electric vehicles could make up over 20% of new car sales in Ireland by 2021.
The availability of Government grants of up to €5,000 and the introduction of a 0% benefit-in-kind (BIK) rate on electric vehicles in 2017 – meaning employees do not have to pay tax on some electric vehicles proved by an employer – are designed to make vehicles like the i3 more attractive, but is the public really ready to go electric?
With that in mind, we’re asking Fora readers this week: would you consider purchasing an electric car next time you’re due an upgrade?