Answered on June 26, 2013
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the number of electric vehicles that have been purchased by consumers here in each of the past seven years.
Deputy Deasy asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the State's investment in electric vehicle infrastructure in the past seven years.
Deputy Deasy asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the number of applications received and granted, by county, under the electric vehicles grant scheme, since January 2011.
Reply from Minister Pat Rabbitte: (I propose to take Questions Nos. 176, 177 and 178 together.) The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), which operates the electric vehicle grant scheme has to date received a total of 356 electric vehicle grant applications. I understand that 250 grants have been paid to date and that a further two are awaiting payment. 257 electric vehicles have been registered in Ireland since 2011 when the grant scheme opened. A total of €1,053,200 has been paid in grants under the electric vehicle grant scheme up to the end of May 2013.
Details of the numbers of electric vehicles registered since 2010 are set out in the table appended.
The ESB, through its Ecars programme, is continuing to roll out both publicly accessible charging infrastructure and domestic charge points, and has informed the Department that its targets are to install at least 1,000 publicly accessible charge points in all main towns and cities and 60 fast chargers on major roads by the end of 2013. As of 19 June 2013, there were 1280 charge points installed nationally. I understand that the ESB has spent €9.3m to date on this infrastructure.
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