A change point for electric vehicles is located at the Louth County Hall which has limited opening hours, the Dundalk Democrat has learned.
Dundalk Town Councillor, Mark Dearey, has slammed the location of the charge point and said that for project to be a success, charge points should be installed at accessible locations.
“The location is not accessible,” Cllr Dearey said. “The County Hall has limited opening hours. It doesn’t open at the weekend and closes early in the evening.”
Cllr Dearey also pointed out that the charge point is currently located at car parking spaces, which makes it even more difficult to reach as “these spaces are used by members of the public doing business at the County Hall.”
“Dundalk needs to have more charge points if this project is going to work. They should be at petrol stations, particularly twenty-four hour stations,” Cllr Dearey went on to say.
“Dundalk is an obvious location for drivers who have electric vehicles to stop-off and recharge.”
The Green Party Councillor added that there are actually more charging points in Newry than in Dundalk.
“The company who make the charge points, E-Cars, are part of the ESB and they are rolling-out the charge points across the county. We need more. There are more in Newry than Dundalk.”
Cllr Dearey, who owns a electric car, and uses it mainly for business purposes, is encouraging people to invest in e-vehicles.
“I’ve had one of these cars for over six months now. I find it brilliant and I’ve no complaints, it suits my needs and I understand that it won’t suit everybody’s needs,” he said, adding that he has a charge point at home and at his business.
“Being an owner of a small business it is perfect for my needs and I encourage other small businesses to look into investing in these cars,” he said.
“They are cost effective. I can travel 100km for just over €1 and the cost comes to me via a bill from the ESB. It’s excellent value. These cars can drastically cut the costs for small business owners. They are really cost effective. There is also tax incentives for businesses that use these cars.”
Cllr Dearey added that car companies should be contacting businesses and explaining the savings that can be made using e-vehicles.