Londonderry electric vehicle charging points hardly ever used
In two years, electric vehicle charging points in Londonderry have been used only 23 times since they were installed. There are seven electric vehicle charging points for public use in the City Centre.
The Department for Regional Development spent over £2m on electric vehicle charging points in Northern Ireland
The Department for Regional Development spent around £2.32m on the e-car charging systems in Northern Ireland, the electric vehicle charging points in Derry in particular cost £140,000. Gary Middleton who is the Deputy Mayor expressed that this was a concern.
He explained that these sorts of figures made it rather difficult to argue that the e-car charging system was actually worthwhile. He went on to say that the car parking spaces that were being taken up by the electric vehicle spaces could be filled extremely quickly Electric Vehicle charging points in Derry can be found at Carlisle Road, Victoria Market, Railway Yard, Bishop Street, Strand Road, Templemore Leisure Centre and The Diamond area. The department has said previously that it is necessary to have the correct infrastructure in place to meet the demand that will definitely grow, slowly however, as the electric car idea takes hold.
The Deputy Chair of the Committee for the Department for Regional Development has said that the reduced use of electric vehicle charging points is a problem
Sean Lynch, who is the Deputy Chair of the Committee for the Department for Regional Development has said that the underuse of the electric vehicle charging points is certainly a problem. He went on to say that he has never seen anyone using the e-car spaces that are near where he is.
He believes that they are a waste of space sometimes and also encourage certain drivers to park illegally. He made clear that he would not support his department if they suggested that they take the development further. He said that a review of the electric vehicle charging points at the moment, is definitely needed.