Vehicle Fund

Up to €20,000 available to businesses towards the purchase of a new Natural Gas Vehicle.

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Vehicle Fund

Gas Networks Ireland is offering a Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Fund making up to €20,000 available to businesses towards the purchase of a new Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV). The Fund will make a total of €700k of funding available to transport operators. This will support the purchase of a range of commercial vehicles including trucks, buses and vans powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), and is part of a process to promote natural gas as a transport fuel in Ireland.

Applicants can apply for the Vehicle Fund by requesting the Vehicle Fund application form from tenders@ervia.ie quoting reference "17/029 Vehicle Fund".

Purpose of the vehicle fund

The CNG Vehicle Fund is intended to support the deployment of dedicated Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) across a range of industry segments within the Irish transport sector. The Vehicle Fund will demonstrate and promote the use of CNG across a range of transport applications.

The Vehicle Fund will assist vehicle operators to purchase a dedicated NGV in place of an equivalent diesel or petrol fuelled vehicle. The amounts awarded under the Vehicle Fund are intended to contribute to the marginal cost of purchasing a dedicated NGV over the equivalent traditional fuelled vehicle.

Support by segment

The Vehicle Fund will be allocated across multiple industry segments within the transport sector in order to encourage uptake of dedicated NGVs across a variety of stakeholders. The segments identified for support and maximum funds allocated to each vehicle type are:

 

 Segment

 

 Maximum Funding

 

 N3 - HGV Road Freight (>12t unladen) - Artic

 

 €20,000

 

 N2 / N3 - HGV Road Freight (>3.5t unladen) - Rigid

 

 €12,000

 

 N2 - LGV Road Freight (>3.5t unladen) – Large Van

 

 €6,000

 

 N1 - LGV Road Freight (<3.5t unladen) – Small Van

 

 €2,000

 

 N2 - Waste Collection Vehicle (>3.5t unladen)

 

 €12,000

 

 M2 - Small Public Passenger Vehicle (over 8 seats in addition to driver, <5t unladen

 

 €6,000

 

 M3 - Large Public Passenger Vehicle (over 8 seats in addition to driver, >5t unladen)

 

 €20,000

 

A Grantee may apply for and receive a Grant for a maximum of 2 vehicles within a 2 year period. A separate Grant Agreement must be signed for each vehicle that is the subject of a GNI Grant.

Requirements of the Vehicle Fund

The Vehicle Fund will be awarded to selected vehicle operators on the following basis:

  • One vehicle supported per applicantion
  • Applicant must have a business registered in Ireland
  • Only new dedicated OEM CNG vehicles are supported by the fund
  • The vehicle must be retained in the ownership of the applicant for no less than five years
  • Applicant must hold a valid Irish Tax Clearance Certificate
  • The vehicle must be registered in the Republic of Ireland and remain in Ireland for a minimum of five years
  • Applicant agrees to make operational performance information for the CNG vehicle publicly available on a six monthly basis including data on kWh/km, aggregate gross weight, aggregate km travelled, tonne km transported and aggregate fuel usage for a minimum of a five year period from registration of the vehicle.

GNI will award funding to successful applicants with the following considerations:

  • GNI will seek to support all the vehicle segments identified above
  • All applicants must comply with the criteria of the fund
  • GNI reserves the right to award funding
  • GNI may award funding less than or equal to the amounts identified above by vehicle type
  • The Vehicle Fund award will be issued to the CNG vehicle owner once all required documents have been submitted

By submitting an application form the applicant confirms that the vehicle for which funding is sought will travel the minimum annual km distance as indicated in the table below according to the relevant vehicle type.
 

 

 Segment

 

 Minimum Annual km Travelled

 

 N3 - HGV Road Freight (>12t unladen) - Artic

 

 70,000 km

 

 N2 / N3 - HGV Road Freight (>3.5t unladen) - Rigid

 

 70,000 km

 

 N2 - LGV Road Freight (>3.5t unladen) – Large Van

 

 40,000 km

 

 N1 - LGV Road Freight (<3.5t unladen) – Small Van

 

 30,000 km

 

 N2 - Waste Collection Vehicle (>3.5t unladen)

 

 30,000 km

 

 M2 - Small Public Passenger Vehicle (over 8 seats in addition to driver, <5t unladen

 

 40,000 km

 

 M3 - Large Public Passenger Vehicle (over 8 seats in addition to driver, >5t unladen)

 

 40,000 km

 

Vehicle Fund Grant Agreement

Upon receipt of a qualifying application, GNI will invite the applicant to enter into a Vehicle Fund Grant Agreement. A Sample Grant Agreement Template is available for reference.

Application & Award Process

The Vehicle Fund process consists of a number of steps:

1. Application form submitted;
Applicant submits a valid Vehicle Fund application form to GNI.

2. Qualification / selection process;
GNI review the application and if successful will issue a Vehicle Fund Grant Agreement to the applicant.

3. Grant Agreement;
Applicant signs and return the Grant Agreement to GNI.

4. Applicant Completes Vehicle Purchase;
Applicant purchases the dedicated CNG vehicle identified within the Grant Agreement and submits the required documentation.

5. Grant Award payment;
Once all the required documentation is received, GNI will issue payment of the Grant Award to the applicant.

Applicants can apply for the Vehicle Fund by requesting the Vehicle Fund application form from tenders@ervia.ie quoting reference "17/029 Vehicle Fund".

The Vehicle Fund is supported by the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) and is co-financed by the European Union’s TEN-T Programme under the Connecting Europe Facility as part of the Causeway Project.