Thursday, 24th August 2017
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Green Party call for better provision for EVs in Waterford City

Local Area Representatives from the Green Party have called for more facilities for Electric Vehicle charging following the opening of the new Waterside carpark in Waterford City Centre. The carpark, which cost in the region of €1.1 million to develop, will provide 300 new parking spaces in the city, but only two electric vehicle charging bays.

Chairperson of the Green Party in Waterford, Marc Ó Cathasaigh, has welcomed the opening of the facility, but has called on the Waterford Council to be more proactive in providing for EV owners.

“We’ve seen from moves in France, Britain and Germany that even the major car manufacturers are moving towards electric vehicles, and we need to be more future-ready in our planning. Academics in Stanford University have predicted that the move to electric will be one of the ‘fastest, deepest, most consequential disruptions of transportation history’ – we need to do better than 2 out of 300 spaces. Until we invest in top quality public transport, there’s going to be a need for the private car. We have two charging points available in Miller’s Marsh, now two more in the Waterside carpark, but that’s only a starting point. Too often, these charging bays are occupied, leaving the EV driver high and dry.”

The Green Party have called this week for charging facilities to be provided at all filling stations, and Tramore-based Senator Grace O’Sullivan believes Waterford is uniquely placed to capitalise on an electric revolution.

“We have a fantastic solar resource here in Waterford – it’s not for nothing that we’re called the sunny Southeast! There are 180 MW of solar generation projects greenlighted in the Waterford area, which could generate up to 1800 jobs for the region, but these are being held up by grid connection issues. Instead of waiting for others to lead, Waterford should grasp the initiative and become the example for the rest of the country to follow.”

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