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New grant scheme to propel shift to alternatively fuelled heavy duty vehicles

The government has launched its €2 million Alternatively-Fuelled Heavy Duty Vehicle (AFHDV) Purchase Grant Scheme.

The scheme is part of the government’s plan to decarbonise the transport sector and will support the owners of large vans, trucks, buses, coaches and refuse collection vehicles to switch to battery electric, plug in hybrid, gas or hydrogen fuelled vehicles.

It says that companies may be eligible for support of up to the value of €500,000 and/or 20 heavy duty vehicles.

The alternative fuel types supported under the scheme also include Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs), Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), Plug in Hybrid Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).

FTA Ireland (FTAI) has welcomed this announcement, saying it will propel the shift to alternatively fuelled heavy duty vehicles.

Aidan Flynn, general manager of FTAI comments: “The launch of the government’s Alternatively-Fuelled Heavy Duty Vehicle Purchase Grant Scheme is an important step forwards in the decarbonisation of the Irish logistics sector.

“As the leading group representing logistics operators in Ireland, our members tell us they are desperate to switch to lower emission HDVs but the prohibitive cost of purchasing these vehicles made it impossible for most; this grant will now make the mass adoption of AFHDVs feasible.

“Now, to ensure the greatest uptake, FTAI is urging the government to ensure the application process is simple and grants are easy to access.”

Flynn adds: “Our members are also calling for the government to commit to installing the required refuelling infrastructure across the nation; currently, there are only two publicly available compressed natural gas (CNG) refuelling sites open to date nationwide.

“And, with many HDVs operated under leasing agreements, the grant must be made available to this group to prevent any delay to the sector’s complete transition to AFHDVs.”