Limerick electric car drivers left stranded says Limerick TD

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Maurice Quinlivan TD

Limerick City TD Maurice Quinlivan today criticised the government’s approach to getting more electric vehicles on our roads, as he highlighted the only electric vehicle charging point on the north side of Limerick City has been out of service for almost a year, despite repeated requests for it to be repaired.

Speaking in Limerick City on Friday, the Sinn Féin TD said;

“I have been contacted by a number of rightly frustrated electric car drivers in Limerick relating to broken charge points, particularly the charging station on Sexton Street North which has been out of service for almost a year. I have brought this up with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, yet the charging point remains broken.

“It is a farcical situation with the government just this week launching a campaign to get more electric vehicles on our roads, yet they won’t provide funding now to fix broken charging points for these cars.

“Today I received a response from the ESB to my query about this particular charge point, which states that ‘a solution is not forthcoming without replacing the charge point in its entirety, which would be at a considerable cost.’

“This provides no assistance to electric car owners in Limerick, and suggests it will not be fixed at all due to cost restraints.

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“It is totally unacceptable and unfair to encourage people to buy electric cars, but not provide functioning public charging points.

“If you look at the map of charge points on the ESB’s ecars website this morning, in addition to the point on Sexton Street North, electric charge points at the University of Limerick, on Pery Street and at Perry Square are all indicated to be out of service. It’s a ridiculous situation.” TD Quinlivan concluded.

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