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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 2 November 2021

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Questions (216)

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

216. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport if an update will be provided on the difficulty constituents are experiencing in applying for and successfully installing EV charger infrastructure in communal areas and residential units that do not have private car spaces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52969/21]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Government’s policy regarding the increased usage of Electric Vehicles (EVs) is primarily driven by the Climate Action Plan which sets a target of 936,000 EVs by 2030.

Home charging is considered the primary method of charging for the majority of EVs in Ireland and is a convenient, cost effective and environmentally friendly means of charging, especially when using night rate electricity. It accounts for circa 80% of EV charging sessions and will continue to be the primary method of charging in the future. The EV Home Charger Grant Scheme has been in operation since January 2018 to support the installation of home chargers for purchasers of new and second-hand BEVs and PHEVs. The grant provides generous support towards the full cost of installation of a home charger up to a maximum of €600.

Work is currently being progressed to expand the EV home charger grant to include shared parking in apartment blocks and similar developments. My Department is working closely with the SEAI and expects a scheme for apartments to open in the near future.

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