June 13 2012
Drivers of electric cars will now be able to power up at Dublin Airport following the installation of five new charging points.
Three electric car parking spaces with charging units are located in the T2 multi-storey car park. A further two spaces have been provided in the VIP car park. The new facility, which went live yesterday, means that motorists can top up while meeting or seeing off passengers, or they can fully recharge their vehicles if staying longer.Fully recharging an electric car typically takes between four and five hours.
The initiative is a joint venture between Dublin Airport Authority and the ESB to encourage a greater use of electric cars and to promote environmental sustainability.
DAA Landside Facilities Manager Valerie Singleton said electric car bays were included in the T2 car park building plans as a way of promoting sustainable transport and providing an alternative to traditional petrol and diesel vehicles. DAA was championing the idea of electric car usage while enhancing the customer experience by providing an extra facility for airport users, she added.
“We are trialling them here in T2, and if they take off, we will look at installing them in the other car parks,” Singleton said. Niall Doonan, managing director of Carra Ireland, the company which installs and maintains the charging points on behalf of the ESB, said the running costs of an electric vehicle were about one tenth that of a standard petrol or diesel car.
The T2 units are located on Level 1 of the T2 multi-storey car park.
Pictured above: Valerie Singleton tops an electric car at the new charging points with DAA car park co-ordinators Padraig Lavin and Pat O’Keeffe. Below: One of the new charging point spaces.
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