Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action

Reduction of Carbon Emissions of 51% by 2030: Discussion (Resumed)

Mr. Pierpaolo Cazzola:

I apologise for leaving that question aside. We released a report in December of last year on delivery vehicles. Such vehicles have predictable uses and are often part of fleets. They are often used for urban deliveries. Similar to taxis, they are vehicles with certain emissions profiles. They are the subject of high daily use which is also predictable daily use. They are a category of vehicles that should be prioritised for transition towards electric, given the lower operational costs of electric vehicles. As well as this, there are opportunities for these vehicles to pay for themselves when transitioning to a more energy-efficient solution like vehicle electrification. I see delivery vehicles as being similar to taxis. There are some challenges in terms of vehicle availability. That needs to ensure that they can align with original equipment manufacturers, OEMs. OEMs are automakers. They need to ensure that there are components that can be shared between delivery vehicles and cars. This is already common practice by some of the automakers, though not necessarily all. Delivery vehicles are a segment that are naturally well suited to transition to electric in a cost-efficient manner.