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https://www.thesun.ie/motors/1313153/most-irish-owners-of-electric-cars-say-low-costs-biggest-benefit-of-switch-but-lack-of-public-charging-stations-still-a-difficulty/
Most Irish owners of electric cars say low costs biggest benefit of switch but lack of public charging stations still a difficulty
25th July 2017  Craig Farrell

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Electric cars will be given parking discount at CitiPark sites  / Getty Images  A new survey has shown that lower costs is one of the biggest benefits of driving electric cars

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New research by the Irish Electric Vehicle Owners Association and the Green Party also cites comfort and low road tax as other beneficial reasons for motorists to go electric

MOST Irish owners of electric cars love the lower cost savings, a new survey indicates.

However, many drivers highlighted the need for more charging stations around the country too.

That’s according to new research by the Green Party and the Irish Electric Vehicle Owners Association.

Three in four EV drivers cited lower costs as the main advantage of going electric, while the lack of public charging stations was the biggest difficulty.

Environmental ­benefits, comfort and low road tax were other beneficial reasons for motorists.

The survey was completed last month by 231 people — almost ten per cent of the country’s EV drivers.

Now the Green Party has proposed a new law which would ensure charging points are available at every petrol station in Ireland.

Leader Eamon Ryan said it was time for a “revolution in Irish motoring”. And the Dublin TD has called for the charging infrastructure to be revamped to eliminate the main electric car blockade.

[image] Irish Green Party leader Eamon Ryan

He said: “It’s clear from our survey a revolution in Irish motoring is ready to take off.

“Drivers like their electric cars — and not just for environmental reasons but also for the lower running costs and better driving experience.

“To speed up the revolution we need to address the ­frustration many drivers have with the charging infrastructure currently in place.

“Ireland took a lead in ­rolling out the first national network of charging points but a lack of political ­commitment over the last six years has seen us fall behind.

“The UK government is about to mandate all petrol service stations to install charging points and we want Irish governments to do the same here.

“New high-speed charging points can recharge a battery in a way that is comparable to filling up at the pump.

“It is up to the Government to provide charging points EV drivers need, so that the issue of range anxiety rapidly becomes a thing of the past.”
[© News Group Newspapers]




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