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Monday 22 October 2018

Leading supermarket to introduce electric car charging points

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Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Lidl is to introduce electric car charging points at its new stores and across major store refurbishment projects.

The initiative will see the grocery chain provide more than 40 electric vehicle charging facilities in 20 stores across Ireland within the next six months.

The service, which will be free of charge for customers while they shop, will make Lidl the largest network of electric vehicle chargers in the Irish supermarket sector.

"Business must act responsibly, and Lidl will lead the way by installing electric vehicle chargers in all new store builds and investing over €150,000 in our electric vehicle charging programme," Alan Barry, of Lidl Ireland, said.

Lidl has already installed and trialled electric vehicle charging points at its Rathfarnham, Drogheda and Swords stores.

It will retrofit the technology to its stores in Cabra, Tallaght, Glenageary, East Wall, Gorey, Wilton, Virginia, Magherafelt, Lurgan and Andersonstown across the coming months.

The announcement was welcomed by the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland.

"Initiatives such as this will help to provide confidence in the charging network and ensure that there are sufficient charging locations available for a growing number of electric vehicle users," said Sustainable Energy Authority CEO Jim Gannon.

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