The Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD has announced new grants to support business to switch from diesel heavy duty vehicles to clean fuel vehicles. The €2 million Alternatively-Fueled Heavy Duty Vehicle (AFHDV) Purchase Grant Scheme is being introduced as part of the Government’s plan to decarbonize the transport sector and will support the owners of large vans, trucks, buses, coaches and refuse collection vehicles to switch to natural gas (CNG and LNG), hydrogen, plug in hybrids or battery electrics.
“The transport sector has a significant role to play in helping Ireland transition to a low carbon economy by 2050. In 2019 alone, the HDV sector contributed almost 20% of Irish land transport emissions. There is an urgent need to help reduce reliance on diesel and support a major shift towards alternatives which will decarbonize the sector. This is a first step which we will follow up in the years to come,” said Ryan.
Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton TD also commented: “The scheme will reduce the cost difference between diesel and alternatively fueled vehicles, supporting operators in making the move to cleaner vehicles. Aside from reducing HDV emissions, the transition will drive an awareness around newer and cleaner technologies, and create demand for alternative fuel systems and infrastructure.”
Companies may be eligible for support up to the value of €500K and/or 20 heavy duty vehicles. The amount awarded to companies will be a calculated percentage of the difference in price between the new vehicle and its diesel equivalent. The percentage will be calculated based on 1) the size of the enterprise applying 2) the type of vehicle that the applicant intends to buy and 3) whether the applicant has already received grants under the scheme.
The Department of Transport has appointed Transport Infrastructure Ireland to administer the Scheme. “This is an important initiative in helping to reduce land transport emissions and TII welcomes the opportunity to assist,” said Peter Walsh, CEO of Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
Source: Government of Ireland