Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1548)

Róisín Shortall

Question:

1548. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the funding provided to support an expanded number of electric cars and the associated infrastructure. [36707/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

A total of €200 million is provided in the National Development Plan under Project Ireland 2040 to support the uptake of electric vehicles over the period 2018-2027.

My Department has allocated €29.5 million capital in 2019 to fund electric vehicle purchase grants of up to €5,000; home charger grants of up to €600; and a new support for on-street chargers of up to €5,000 per charge point.

In addition, the Climate Action Fund will provide up to €10 million to support the ESB in upgrading and expanding the public charger network in Ireland.

I recently announced funding to support the rollout by local authorities of up to 1,000 on-street public charge points for electric vehicles over the next 5 years. This new scheme will support the widespread roll out of electric vehicles. This will build on the 90 new high speed chargers (which charge at three times the power of fast chargers), 50 new fast chargers and over 500 upgraded charge points which will be supported under the Climate Action Fund. This will ensure that we build a network of circa 2,000 reliable public charge points nationwide by 2025, which will be enough to support a significant increase in the number of electric vehicles on the road.

In addition, we will introduce new regulations to require non-domestic buildings with over 20 car parking spaces to install charging facilities.