Belfast Telegraph

Charging points for electric cars

More than 40 public charging bays for electric cars are to be created in Northern Ireland from Monday, the regional development minister has said.

They will be available in Belfast, Londonderry, Newry, Armagh, Enniskillen and Larne.

Danny Kennedy said: "The advantages of using an electric vehicle, particularly for short journeys, are being recognised by an increasing number of private motorists and business users.

"Drivers of environmentally-friendly e-cars travelling throughout Northern Ireland will benefit by knowing that the charge points we already have in place will be available for their sole use.

"Considering an e-car as an alternative to a petrol of diesel vehicle has just become even more attractive."

Over the next year the number of charge points will increase to around 160. Another 14 rapid chargers are being installed close to major roads, allowing an electric vehicle to charge to 80% of its capacity in 25 minutes.

The Government is encouraging use of the cars to make transport more sustainable and contribute to tackling climate change and making air quality better.

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