The Swords area has been identified for a number of different types of electric car charging points as part of a Dublin Metropolitan Area EV report.
In good news for motorists, consultants working for Dublin’s local authorities, have identified Swords as a strategic location for infrastructure to accomodate residential charging, rapid charge for commuters and motorists travelling to Dublin via the M1.
The report by Element Energy, a UK based consultant, has identified the need for 1,300 charge points to be operating in Fingal by 2030.
In an effort to deliver those charge points where they are needed in a strategic way they have marked areas for priority deployment in Fingal.
In Swords they have identified three types of charge points that need to be developed as follows:
- Destination charging opportunties – for residents without private parking.
- Rapid hub deployment – for residents without private parking, taxis, car clubs, and commuters.
- Rapid ‘en-route’ forecourts – for taxis, car clubs, commuters.
The report highlights that even based on ambitious timelines local authority EV infrastructure will not come on stream until 2023 and it encourages the council to support the roll-out of EV infrastructure.
“It’s absolutely critical that we increase the number of electric charge points as quickly as we can,” said Cllr Ian Carey.
“We can see with the increase in the cost of petrol many people are considering going electric. Along with government strategy to increase the number of EVs we can expect a big increase in electric cars and we need to get ahead of this.
“Many motorists have come to me looking for new locations for charging points to be provided, particularly taxi drivers, and we need to make this new type of vehicle really work for people.
“I’m happy with the level of ambition set out in the report and I’m looking forward to seeing more concrete plans coming forward.”