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Thursday 22 August 2019

Ministers move up a gear on electric cars

A GM Chevrolet Volt electric car. David McNew/Getty Images
A GM Chevrolet Volt electric car. David McNew/Getty Images
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

THE Government is to issue a call this week to companies to come to Ireland and investigate how to build a network to cater for electric cars.

As part of plans to have 10pc of vehicles powered by electricity by 2020, Energy Minister Eamon Ryan and his transport colleague Noel Dempsey will call on companies with expertise to investigate how the proposal could become reality.

Israel and Denmark are developing electric grid systems to cater for large amounts of electric vehicles with one company, Better Place, reported to have met the ESB and Mr Ryan about the issue.

Investment in infrastructure would be required to make the electric dream become reality.

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