New e-car charge points for Luas and Iarnród Éireann users

17 Feb 2012

A 'green commuter' darts for the Luas at Red Cow. To the left is the ESB e-car charging point

As part of its electric car mission, ESB ecars has just installed 30 electric charge points at Iarnród Éireann car parks around Ireland, as well as at Luas Park & Ride facilities in Dublin.

The charge points have been installed at Iarnród Éireann train station car parks in Drogheda, Newbridge, Sligo, Thurles and Kildare, while Luas Park & Ride facilities in Carrickmines, Stillorgan, Sandyford and Red Cow also now have electric-vehicle charging stations.

Frank Allen, the Railway Procurement Agency’s chief executive, said Luas had already made a significant contribution to reducing carbon emissions and that this initiative was “a welcome move” towards making things easier for electric car users.

“Train travel is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel and commuting has just got greener with the provision of charge points at a number of stations for electric-car users,” said Iarnród Éireann’s chief executive Dick Fearn.

ESB ecars is also rolling out public charge points in city centre car parks, shopping centres, leisure facilities and tourist attractions. It has already installed 550 charge points in public locations, service stations, commercial premises and in homes across Ireland.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic