Fine Gael Senator for Limerick, Maria Byrne, has expressed concern over the lack of electric vehicle public charge points in her constituency.
According to the Limerick-based General Election candidate extra charge points for electric vehicles need to be put in place in East Limerick as soon as possible in order to provide the required rural infrastructure needed for the proposed widespread rollout of electric cars.
“While I welcome the Government’s proposal to introduce up to 950,000 electric vehicles to our roads and ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, it is vital that we have the adequate facilities in place if we are serious about this plan as part of a major strategy to protect the environment,” she said.
“Outside of Limerick city there is no electric car charge point in the whole of East Limerick, an area that spans 55km and encompasses towns such as Caherconlish, Murroe, and Cappamore.
“Even in Limerick city areas of large populations such as Raheen and Castletroy have very limited access to electric vehicle charging points.
“My Fine Gael colleague Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton has recently announced funding that will help local authorities provide a widespread rollout of electric cars. Local authorities such as Limerick City and County Council are set to receive €5,000 to develop 200 charge points every year until 2025.
“The Government’s Climate Action Plan commits to having 950,000 electric vehicles on Irish roads by 2030.
“I am concerned that Limerick will be left behind if the ESB does not immediately invest in the vital public charge points within in the next 10 years.
“Investment in such infrastructure is important for the future and sustainability of rural Ireland.
“If we promote the benefits of electric vehicles and provide the proper infrastructure I have no doubt that people will really get behind it,” added Senator Byrne.
Note to editors:
Response from ESB ecars Team:
“In terms of our wider plans to add to the network, ESB will begin a €20m programme later in the year to expand and enhance the charging network across Ireland as part of the Irish Government’s Climate Action Fund, to help meet the expected growth of electric vehicles in the coming years. ESB has passed the qualification stage for the Climate Action Funding and are working with Government on the final phase of the funding assessment.
In parallel, we are assessing suitable sites on motorways and national road networks, which will see over 50 high power charging hubs are being funded on motorway and national road sites. These hubs will be able to charge between two and eight vehicles simultaneously and can provide up to 100km of electric driving range in as little as six minutes. Final sites will be based on a range of factors including current charge point usage, traffic volume, accessibility, amenities and grid capacity.
At this point we are not in a position to identify sites, locations etc., in different areas.”
For ecars Charge Point Map visit https://www.esb.ie/our-businesses/ecars/charge-point-map