Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Ceisteanna (400, 401, 402, 403, 404)

John Lahart

Ceist:

400. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of electric vehicle charging points he anticipates will be in place in Dublin by the end of 2019, 2020 and 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38749/19]

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John Lahart

Ceist:

401. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of electric vehicle charging points he anticipates will be in place nationwide by the end of 2019, 2020 and 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38750/19]

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Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

402. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the electric public charging point in Newbridge railway station will be fixed; his plans to increase the number of public charging points in Newbridge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38853/19]

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Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

403. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of public electric charging points in County Kildare; his plans for increased charging points; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38854/19]

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Fiona O'Loughlin

Ceist:

404. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of public electric charging points in County Laois; his plans for increased charging points; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38855/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 400 to 404, inclusive, together.

There are currently over 650 standard public charge points and 90 fast chargers (the majority of which are operated by the ESB) in Ireland. A real-time map showing the ESB charge point locations, including the status and availability of these charge points, is available on the ESB's website at www.esb.ie/ecars. The ESB has provided a breakdown by county of those chargers that it operates, and is set out in the following table:

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Standard Charge Points

Fast Chargers

Donegal

30

3

Sligo

12

1

Leitrim

4

0

Mayo

20

2

Westmeath

18

3

Roscommon

18

2

Galway

28

3

Monaghan

10

1

Cavan

10

0

Longford

10

1

Meath

22

4

Louth

24

2

Dublin

150

14

Kildare

28

2

Offaly

14

0

Laois

12

2

Wicklow

26

3

Carlow

14

1

Wexford

26

4

Kilkenny

14

2

Tipperary

16

4

Waterford

26

1

Clare

16

2

Limerick

26

3

Cork

56

7

Kerry

28

1

The operation and maintenance of these charge points is a matter for ESB eCars and therefore not in my remit. However, my Department has contacted ESB regarding the charge point at Newbridge and was advised that the charge point is to be replaced later this year when eCars takes delivery of new replacement chargers. In addition to these chargers operated by ESB ecars, there are public chargers provided by motor dealerships, local authorities, retail outlets and private companies.

I am in the process of increasing the level of investment in charging infrastructure. Under the first call for applications from the Climate Action Fund, funding of up to €10 million will support ESB eCars to develop a nationwide, state-of-the-art electric vehicle fast charging network. This project includes the installation of 90 high-power chargers each of which will be capable of charging two vehicles simultaneously, upgrading 50 existing standard chargers to fast chargers and replacing over 250 existing standard chargers with next generation high reliability models. This is a multi-annual project and is expected to be fully completed by 2022. The locations of the chargers that will be installed as part of this project have not been finalised. However, a provisional map of the planned network, showing indicative locations, was developed by ESB eCars and has been published on my Department’s website.

Last month, I 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 will cater mainly for electric vehicle owners who rely on on-street parking as their primary means of parking near their homes. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland will administer a scheme where Local Authorities can apply for funding to develop on-street charging infrastructure. The detailed terms and conditions for the scheme are currently being developed and I expect the scheme to open for applications shortly.

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

Home charging is the primary method of charging for the majority of electric vehicles both internationally and in Ireland. Charging at home at night is the most cost-effective and eco-friendly way to charge an electric vehicle. Given the high proportion of homes with driveways and dedicated parking spaces, Ireland has greater capacity for home charging than many other countries. A Government grant of up to €600 is available, via the SEAI, to the purchasers of new and second-hand electric vehicles to support the installation of home chargers.