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Power company takes over roll-out of electric car charging network

Words: Roger Milne

Responsibility for the operation, maintenance and development of the charge point network for electric vehicles users in Northern Ireland has transferred to the Electricity Supply Board (ESB).

The move follows installation of a network of 334 public charging points across Northern Ireland, jointly managed by the Department for Regional Development (DRD) and Department of Environment (DoE) ecar project, which began in 2011.

Paul Mulvaney, executive director Innovation, ESB said: “We are very pleased to assume responsibility for the electric vehicle charging network in Northern Ireland and are committed to maintaining and growing the network into the future”.

Transport minister Danny Kennedy said: “My vision four years ago was to create a network of electric vehicle charge points which would become an integral part of the transport network.

“The completion of the network has contributed to the increase in the number of ecars (electric vehicles) registered here from five in 2011 to around 750 today, a number that continues to rise steadily month on month.”

The ecar team within the two departments is now set to concentrate on other aspects of ecars, such as delivery of the necessary public sector estate infrastructure and development of policy to support the growth of ultra low emission vehicles for both private and business use in Northern Ireland.