By Amy Rohu
Ireland’s first disabled accessible EV parking and charging bay has been unveiled in Dundrum.
The space, which is located on the Sandyford Road across from the Dundrum Town Centre is designed to full accessible standards and can be used by drivers who have displayed a valid disabled parking permit, to charge their Electric/Hybrid vehicle.
Speaking about the launch, An Cathaoirleach, Una Power said: “We are delighted to install the first disabled/accessible electric charging bay in Ireland, in partnership with Char.gy and Energia and are committed to extending our range of accessible infrastructure across the County and universal public realm design choices. We are asking for feedback from the disability sector over the coming months and will explore other key locations across the county.”
Richard Stobart founded Char.gy in 2016 after identifying a gap in the market for on-street charging points. He said: “I am excited to see the first unit on the streets of Ireland. We are looking forward to growing our relationship with Energia and seeing more of our charge points on the streets of Ireland.”
dlr’s Public Lighting Section have increased the amount of self-charging parking bays across our county. Moving forward they are also very conscious that disabled drivers are starting to consider electric vehicles as a viable option too. It is hoped this pilot will be the first of many across the country.