Niall Carson, Country Manager Ireland at FREE NOW commented, “Supporting a more sustainable future is a huge focus for FREE NOW so to see this level of commitment from the Minister and his department is really encouraging. The fact that taxi drivers, especially those driving older vehicles, may soon be able to claim up to €20,000 when they replace their existing vehicles for new full-electric models, and €25,000 for a wheelchair accessible new battery electric vehicle, is such a boost for our sector. Seeing the investment in the grant scheme grow from €1 million last year to €15 million this year is incredible.”
“We welcome the announcement from the Minister for Transport, Climate, Environment & Communications Eamon Ryan regarding the further allocation of funding to support the Electric SPSV (eSPSV) Grant Scheme which incentivises the uptake of electric vehicles in the Small Public Service Vehicles (SPSV) sector, including taxis in Ireland.
“In September of last year, we ourselves introduced a new eco booking option on the FREE NOW app, enabling passengers to choose more environmentally-friendly transport options such as electric or hybrid taxi vehicles. We have also recently announced that we will invest €6m euros into home chargers – a key pain point- for Irish taxi drivers to further support them in making the switch. With the extension of the eSPSV grant scheme, we could see a significant increase in the number of these vehicles available to our customers.
“Together with the recent announcement supporting the legislation of e-scooters in the Irish market, we believe we are moving a step closer to achieving a truly sustainable and integrated transport system for Ireland