VRT Information

In accordance with the Finance Act of 2011, from 1st January 2011 until 31st December 2012, VRT relief will apply to new series production vehicles in emission category A or B as follows:

1) Hybrid electric or flexi fuel vehicle – up to €1,500

2) Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle – up to €2,500

3) Electric vehicle registered after 30th April – up to €5,000

4) Electric motorcycle – exempt from VRT

Note that where the VRT amount due is less than the amounts shown above, the VRT relief is equal to the lesser amount.  For vehicles which are not being registered for the first time (e.g. a second had vehicle imported from the UK), then the upper limit is reduced according to a sliding scale related to the age of the vehicle.

Further details on the VRT scheme are available from the Department of Finance.

Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Powered solely by electricity supplied from the electricity network and stored in large batteries within the vehicles. The battery powers an electric motor and the car battery can be recharged at specific charging points around the country. The external energy supplied to the vehicle comes exclusively from the electricity supply network.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles

A hybrid electric vehicle is a vehicle that derives its power from a combination of an electric motor and an internal combustion engine and is capable of being driven on electric propulsion alone for a material part of its normal driving cycle. The external energy supplied to the vehicle comes exclusively from a fuel filling station.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is a vehicle that derives its power from a combination of an electric motor and an internal combustion engine and is capable of being driven on electric propulsion alone for a material part of its normal driving cycle. It can typically drive for much longer distance on full electric power than a hybrid electric vehicle. The external energy supplied to the vehicle can come from both a fuel filling station and the electricity supply network.

Flexible Fuel Vehicles

A flexible fuel vehicle is a vehicle that can achieve vehicle propulsion from an engine that is capable of using a blend of ethanol and petrol where such blend contains a minimum of 85% ethanol.

 
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