Any driver that uses the M50 twice on a daily basis all year round – will probably be well aware that they are paying out at least €1000 a year on toll charges . (Assuming they are using an electronic toll tag).
From July 1st 2018 – a new scheme was introduced to cut toll fees by as much as 75% for electric vehicles.
The reduction is capped at €500 a year for private vehicles and €1000 a year for commercial ones.
The reduced toll charges will be available to just the first 50,000 electric vehicles equipped with an electronic toll tag and will initially run up until the year 2022. There were less than 4000 electric vehicles on the road in Ireland at the start of 2018 – so there should be no problem getting registered !
Electric Vehicle drivers will need to sign up for an EV tag with approved Toll Tag Providers to be eligible for the discount. Vehicles that have a video tolling account will not qualify for the scheme.
The normal toll discount will be 50% for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and 25% for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). Conventional hybrids will not be covered by this incentive.
Off peak :
On the M50, a higher incentive rate of 75% discount for BEVs and 50% discount for PHEVs will apply for off-peak travel ( outside peak hours of 7 to 10am and 4 to 7pm).
The toll charges will be the same as you drive through – but registered Electric Vehicles will get refunds afterwards from your toll tag provider . Some tag providers will apply the discounts to your tol
l tag account on a live basis, while other toll providers will apply refunds to the following months invoice.
The toll discount will only be applicable to Dublin Port Tunnel for off- peak travel (i.e. the €3 toll rate) and not to the peak €10 rate.
On all other toll roads – the discount will apply all day every day.( 50% for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and 25% for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs))
More figures on Electric Cars in Ireland here – and the various grants and discounts that are available.
More here about M50 Toll Charges
The scheme will be administered by Transport Infrastructure Ireland. The scheme is envisaged to end on the 31st of December 2022.