13km too far to travel to charge an electric vehicle

An electric vehicle charging point in the Glebe car park, Killarney

If officials in the Departments of Tourism and Transport are seeking initiatives to support a cleaner environment, they should be looking to introduce additional funding supports, other than SEAI grants, to encourage hotel, guesthouse and bed and breakfast owners to install electric vehicle chargers to be availed of by their guests. 

That’s the view of Cllr Michael Cahill who said it could be a simple way to extend the network of EV chargers throughout the country, encouraging the changeover to EV transport and provide a service to those already driving electric vehicles.

Cllr Michael Cahill

“Environmentally and business wise, this appears to be the way to go and we need to facilitate it in whatever way possible,” he said.

Cllr Cahill said, as it stands, an electric vehicle driving visitor to Glenbeigh, where he lives, will need to travel 13km to Killorglin and queue there to use one of the two chargers.

“This is less than ideal. A charger at the place they are staying would alleviate a lot of the pressure of planning one’s road trip,” Cllr Cahill stated.

He said encouraging accommodation providers to install EV chargers it would help tourism businesses and the environment, while also reducing queues at public charging points.

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