In the wake of a devastating flooding in October, the Republic of Ireland is now facing a crisis of software deployment.
The flood damaged about 70,000 homes, and more than half of the country’s fleet of diesel-powered diesel vehicles.
It’s been a particularly challenging time for the country, as many of its fleets are still under repair and are now facing new challenges.
The Irish Government is considering a number of measures, including a plan to build a new fleet of new diesel cars, as part of a €3 billion plan to make the country more resilient in the event of a disaster.
It plans to spend around €400m on new diesel engines, which will be installed on all diesel-vehicle fleets, to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.
But it also plans to install a new generation of diesel cars which will run on a range of fuels, including electric and hydrogen fuel, to meet the growing demand for alternative energy.
The Government has also asked the National Electric Vehicle Network (NEDN) to look at how the fleet could be upgraded, and has put forward a set of criteria which it says would help ensure it can meet the demand for fuel-efficient diesel cars.
“In order to maintain the fleet, it will need to be fully up and running and operational,” said Minister for Energy and Climate Change Leo Varadkar in a statement.
“This will require a fleet of 50 new diesel-electric vehicles and two hydrogen vehicles.”
The Government also wants to install two diesel-motorised vehicles on the countrys fleet, in order to meet growing demand.
“These will be fitted with sensors, airbags and advanced equipment that will reduce the risk of a collision.”
He also announced the Government would invest around €5bn in infrastructure, including the construction of a new national rail line and a new airport.
The new fleet will be a new breed of diesel vehicles that are designed to meet demand in the case of an emergency.
The National Electric Vehicles Network has already said it would like to see more than 50 of these vehicles in use, and in a number, like the Ford Fiesta, it already has a fleet.
But with so many new diesel vehicles being built, and so many diesel engines being installed, it has become clear that the country will have to rethink its diesel fleet as a whole, and consider whether the fleet will meet its demand in a more sustainable way.
“It is now the time for us to get our fleet on track to meet our future fuel needs and to enable the nation to move forward,” said Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe.
“We will now work with the NEDN to establish the criteria and guidelines that will ensure our fleet can meet these future demands, and ensure that it can maintain its current fleet of fuel efficient diesel vehicles.”
This is a change from previous Government plans, when the Government was committed to building 50 new electric vehicles in total, and even more in the future.
The government has also committed to investing €1.4bn in fuel efficiency improvements.
The number of diesel engines in use in the fleet has grown from just over 15,000 in the last financial year to over 20,000 today.
“There is a lot of new technology coming in, and the Government is investing in the technology,” said Michael O’Donovan, managing director of the Irish Gas and Power Group, which runs the national fleet.
“They are doing that in a very ambitious way, but it will require some time to build and test and to bring to the market.”
He added that this was not a time to start building up the fleet as quickly as it has been, as “the Government will be looking at how long it takes for the new generation to get on the road”.
There is currently a long way to go, and with so much investment and so much work to be done, the Government has made it clear that they will not rush this process.
“You have to be really careful and very careful when you have a large fleet,” said Donohooe.
“There are some things that we need to do before the fleet starts.”
But, we will get to where we need and need to go and that will be with a very good strategy.
“At the moment, the focus is on the infrastructure.”
The Government’s announcement comes on the heels of the announcement by the Government that it will buy an additional 500,000 electric vehicles, and is also planning to invest an additional €400 million in infrastructure.
While the Irish Government has not yet outlined the exact costs of the new diesel fleet, there is a suggestion that it could be around €20,000 per vehicle, which is a large amount of money to spend on fuel efficiency, and a significant amount of capital investment.
“What is needed is a strategy that allows us to put the vehicles on track for the long term,” said O’Donnell.”That