Ireland left behind when it comes to rolling out electric charging points

Ireland is at the back of the grid when it comes to rolling out electric charging points, according to a survey of 27 countries.

The survey shows Ireland has met less than 50% of its targets, and is predicted to remain that far behind or be even worse by next year.

The only countries to fare worse than us are the much smaller countries of Cyprus and Malta.

As well as Germany, France and Spain, the list of countries who are above their targets include Estonia, Slovenia, Romania and Latvia.

The country that is the most on target is Bulgaria, which has reached above its targets by just under 700%.

According to the European Federation for Transport and Environment sustainable transport umbrella group Transport & Environment (T&E), there has been a three-fold increase in the number of EV public chargers in the EU in the last three years.

There were more than 630,000 charge points in the bloc at the end of 2023, and the charging network grew faster last year than the electric vehicle fleet.

The analysis finds most EU countries already met their 2024 EU targets for public charging infrastructure in 2023, according to the analysis of national charging networks and projected EV fleet growth.

Under the EU Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation (AFIR), which entered into force last Saturday, each country has annual targets based on a ratio of total charging power output and the number of electric cars on the road.

IrishEVs editor Tom Spencer said of the survey results: “This is yet another missed target by the Irish Government.

“We are failing on almost every climate action metric and there must be accountability for these continued failures, as well as transparency on how and when these missed targets will be rectified. In reality, EV drivers will always prefer to charge at home due to the lower rates and ease of use.

“The relatively small size of the country and our population means that demand for public chargers isn’t as urgent as in larger EU countries, but nonetheless we need our government to deliver on its promises and expand the charging network across the country at a faster rate.”

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