The announcement was made in conjunction with Renault-Nissan, a company with considerable interest in the success of electric vehicles. Renault-Nissan will produce up to 2,000 EVs bound for Ireland by 2011. The vehicles will include the Nissan Leaf and the Renault Kangoo Z.E.
The Irish have considerable work ahead of them to build out a nationwide charging infrastructure, but the incentive program is one step in the process of electrification and will go a long way towards convincing buyers that electric vehicles are an economical choice. If the incentives and availability of electric vehicles still don't convince buyers, maybe avoiding taxes will. All electric vehicles will be exempt from vehicle registration taxes in Ireland. That alone should sway more than a handful of buyers. Thanks to Hugh for the tip!