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Cork to boost plug-in sales with new initiative

Spearheaded by Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine with responsibility for Defence, Simon Coveney T.D., the Drive4Zero initiative aims to reward drivers for making the switch to plug-ins.

Free parking is available at all Q parks across Cork, plus the Park ‘n’ Ride at BlackAsh until the end of 2015 and the initiative includes zero deposit, zero percent finance deals with vehicle manufacturers.

Employers will be encouraged to offer free charging at work, and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) will provide driver training to support employees who choose an electric or plug-in hybrid model.

Drivers in Ireland are already offered a €5,000 (£3,900) subsidy against an electric vehicle purchase (€2,500/£1,950 for a plug-in hybrid) and free home charging points through Irish utility company Electricity Supply Board (ESB).

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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