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Electric Vehicles

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (203)

Neasa Hourigan

Ceist:

203. Deputy Neasa Hourigan asked the Minister for Transport the reason the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is currently not fully processing local authority applications for the electric vehicle public charge point grant; when local authorities can expect to receive notice on the status of their applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29814/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

Electric vehicles (EVs) are the most prominent transport mitigation measure in the 2019 Climate Action Plan, and Ireland has set an ambitious target of 936,000 EVs on our roads by 2030.  

To expedite the deployment of low emitting vehicles, the Public Charge Point Scheme has been in place since September 2019 and will continue to be available during 2021 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 this 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 rely on parking their vehicles in public places near their homes, to charge their EVs.

 In light of the SEAI's responsibility for administering the scheme, I have forwarded the Deputy's question to SEAI for a direct response. Please contact my office if no reply has been received within 10 working days.

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