Paddy Magee was elected President of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) at the organisation's AGM held recently in Killashee Hotel, Naas in Co Kildare.

Mr Magee is Country Operations Director of Renault Group Ireland and is responsible for the Renault and Dacia brands in Ireland and a network of 33 dealerships around the country.

"My focus will be on continuing the work already undertaken in helping to position the motor industry as a leader and enabler of the green transition," Paddy Magee said.

"The motor industry remains fully committed to working with Government to help achieve their Climate Action Targets," he said.

"The industry is playing its part in the electrification process, and we need to build on the momentum already in the marketplace, with the right economic and taxation environment to support the uptake of new zero and low emissions vehicles," he stated.

He said that already the industry is starting to see a reduction in EV support.

"Our primary focus is on Budget 2024 ensuring EV incentives/supports are maintained, No VRT/VAT increases and to see the BIK’s recent reliefs extended for the foreseeable future," he said.

"Company vehicles will play a key role in helping to escalate the transition of electrification of the fleet, by increasing the number of new vehicles, we can also help supply and secure the used EVs market in the future," he added.