North Down Alliance MLA Andrew Muir has called for the urgent roll out of more e-car charging points throughout North Down.
Currently there is a network of 337 public charge points across Northern Ireland and around 2,000 Ultra Low Emission vehicles on the roads. While electric and hybrid vehicles are more expensive to buy they have significantly lower running costs compared to petrol or diesel equivalents.
Commenting on the issue Mr Muir said “At the moment there are only five e-car charging points throughout the whole of North Down. In order to encourage people to buy electric and hybrid vehicles there needs to be a wide network of readily accessible charge points so they can feel confident they will be able to undertake longer journeys and not get caught out.”
“I am pleased to see Ards and North Down Borough Council have included a proposal for more e-car charging points in their Car Parking Strategy but we need swift action around this. With the current focus on active travel and sustainable transport many people will be re-thinking their transport options and now would be a great opportunity to make the transition to electric vehicle use an easier and more attractive choice.”
“Whilst I will be responding to the Council Parking Consultation welcoming plans and urging swift implementation the Department for Infrastructure must urgently lead efforts to increase eCar on street charge points across the whole of Northern Ireland ensuring North Down receives its fair share of new additional charge points without delay.”