More charging points are needed to convince motorists in Cavan and Monaghan to switch to electric cars. A third of the public electric car charging points in Cavan and Monaghan aren’t readily available. There are twenty one charging points across the region, ten in Cavan and eleven in Monaghan. Of those, only one in Monaghan town is a “fast charger”.
Barry Aldworth from the AA said once people see greater infrastructure, it will remove the fear of running out of charge. He said “range anxiety” is falling, but motorists need the confidence of a reliable charging network before investing in an electric car. Speaking on The Wider View, Barry Aldworth said it will take more than grants to convince people to make the switch.
Five charging points across the region are out of service and two are inaccessible. Locally, the ESB eCars Charge Point map shows all four charging points in Clones and Ballyjamesduff are out of service. As is one of the two charging points in Cootehill. A further two charging points at St Louis Convent Carrickmacross have been inaccessible due to construction works, which according to a social media post has been ongoing since September 2017.