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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 3 March 2022

Thursday, 3 March 2022

Questions (81, 99)

Steven Matthews

Question:

81. Deputy Steven Matthews asked the Minister for Transport the position regarding supports and incentives for persons living in apartments and other multi-unit dwellings to install chargers for electric vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10090/22]

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Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

99. Deputy Fergus O'Dowd asked the Minister for Transport the status of the steps that he has taken to ensure that residents of apartments and duplexes can access electric vehicle schemes and install electric vehicle chargers to proactively encourage transition to such vehicles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9325/22]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 81 and 99 together.

The Deputy will be aware that the Government is fully committed to supporting a significant expansion and modernisation of the electric vehicle charging network over the coming years. A national charging infrastucture strategy is due to be published for public consultation early this year which will set out a pathway to stay ahead of demand over the critical period out to 2030.

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 945,000 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 Government has introduced a requirement that new buildings and those undergoing substantial renovation works will have to include charging points for electric vehicles if they have more than 10 car parking spaces.

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. As regards existing apartment buildings, 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 shortly.

In terms of existing supports for public charging, the Public Charge Point Scheme continues to be available during 2022 to provide local authorities with a grant of up to €5,000 to support the development of on-street public chargers. The primary focus of the scheme is to provide support for the installation of infrastructure which will facilitate owners of electric vehicles, who do not have access to a private parking space, but instead rely on parking their vehicles in public places near their homes to charge their EVs. My Department is reviewing the Scheme at present to ensure that it is as effective as possible in driving the decarbonisation effort and which will support installation of public chargers particularly in areas without own driveway.

In addition, the national charging infrastucture strategy will consider this issue in particular and develop proposals to address the current disparity between homeowners with and without off street parking.

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