At the launch of the EV charging lighting pole, An Cathaoirleach of dlr, Cllr Ossian Smyth, said, “One of my key priorities is tackling climate change and realising a greener Ireland and I am delighted that dlr is so progressive in addressing the negative effects of older diesel vehicles. Electric powered vehicles reduce the impact of the Council fleet on local air quality and will also mean a reduction in fuel and maintenance costs for the fleet. Installing an electric vehicle charging point within a lamp post makes so much sense and I look forward to this pilot being rolled out further over the coming months”.
The Council has a fleet of 230 vehicles, ranging in size from ride-on mowers to large trucks. We are currently reviewing the suitability of the existing fleet for the operational requirements of the Council and following on from this review, we will implement a fleet management strategy with the aim of replacing petrol and diesel vehicles with zero emission alternatives where feasible.
Speaking at the launch, dlr Chief Executive Philomena Poole, said, "I am delighted that dlr is taking the lead on the provision of this service to the public. The importance of cleaner vehicle use cannot be overstated and the Council will continue to lead in the adoption of sustainable transport solutions."
Speaking of the announcement by the Council, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Energy Denis Naughten said “Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten T.D. said “I congratulate Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council on its leadership in supporting the growth of electric vehicles. Along with the addition of nine fully electric vehicles to their fleet, the installation of an EV charger lamp post is the type of innovative development that is needed. I would encourage other public and private sector organisations to follow Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s lead and encourage their staff, customers and the public to take up electric vehicles. In order to further develop electric vehicle chargers at public parking spaces, I am working with the SEAI on how we can best support Local Authorities.”