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The lack of charging points in built-up areas such as apartment blocks could act as a deterrent to the purchase of electric vehicles

The lack of charging points in built-up areas such as apartment blocks could act as a deterrent to the purchase of electric vehicles

The lack of charging points in built-up areas such as apartment blocks could act as a deterrent to the purchase of electric vehicles

I have sat and whinged here about how a lack of charging points for electric cars in built-up areas such as apartment blocks was a deterrent to the purchase of the vehicles.

I despaired of ever having a charging point for myself given the awkwardness of creating outlets where I live. But something is about to be done to provide ownership/access to apartment home chargers.

So I have to get up off my bum and do something about suggesting how best to go about it. Because that is what the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is asking people in my situation to do.

There was an interesting first step this week in the shape of a SEAI webinar with a view to garnering ideas to overcome some serious logistical challenges.

I do not have to spell it out for you how difficult it could be to cater for the charging needs of someone on the third floor, for example, of an apartment block. How do you make sure they have plenty of access? Do you provide a pool of chargers for EVs or do you provide individual outlets for some?

The SEAI expects to be able to fund 50pc-80pc of the capital work involved in bringing the energy to the building and leaving it ready for use. The remainder will have to come from the likes of special property managed cash reserves, or individuals, or through contributions from every resident. Or a mix of all sources. Even at that level it is going to be complicated with some people arguing they should not have to pay for a facility they will not ever use.

The same goes for so many other aspects of charging apartment EVs. But at least it is going to happen. Exactly how remains to be seen. It is just great there is activity.

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