The Future is Electric

Posted on October 26th, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Across all industries, we are noticing significant changes due to advancements in technology and none more so than the automotive industry. Daily industry news is jam packed with the latest technologies and updates on the race to have self-driving cars on the market.

Alongside self-driving cars, the need for lowering CO2 emission has also received significant media attention as Germany have recently called for a ban on combustion engine cars by 2030. Climate change increasingly accepted as the biggest challenge and threat to mankind, with slogans reminding us that there is no Planet B. In spite of this, consumers are slow to adopt change.

Ireland - The Roads ahead are green

Irish Government policy states that by 2020 every one 1-10 cars will be fully powered by electricity. But, why stop there. Due to our size, infrastructure and mild climate, Ireland is recognised as having great potential for the widespread adoption of electric cars. Many times the barriers to adoption can be rooted back to a fear of change. So for a little convincing we’ve put together some of the key benefits of going green;

• Government Grant

The government currently offers a grant of €5,000 towards the purchase of an electric vehicle. (Click here for further details)

• €120 Motor Tax Band

How much motor tax you pay is determined by your car’s CO2 emissions, based on seven CO2 bands. Driving a car with between 89-104 CO2g/kg means you’ll be awarded the lowest rates.

• Free home charge point installed by ESB

In conjunction with their ecar initiative and on-going commitment to building a sustainable future in Ireland ESB is offering free installation of charging units to home. (Click here for further details, terms and conditions apply)

• Major Environmental Benefits

To summarise, making the switch to electric cars not only benefits your pocket but also has major environmental benefits.

If you are considering going green but still not sure about the commitment of purchasing an electric car, Go Car Ireland offers the perfect solution. Go Car, Irelands leading car sharing app, recently partnered with BMW to launch its i3 electric car offering users a range of electric cars. This offers drivers a low-cost trial of a range of electric cars; make it easier than ever to make the move.

So why not give electric cars a go, there’s nothing to lose but lots to gain, lets keep Ireland green!

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