Commercial, Energy Efficiency - August 13, 2018
Lidl plans network of EV chargers in Ireland
Budget supermarket chain Lidl will install electric vehicle chargers at 20 of its stores across Ireland over the next six months, in a bid to host the nation's largest supermarket-based network of charge points.
A report by Edie.net said the company plans to invest more than £133m (almost $170 million) in the project. At least 40 EV charge points will be installed by February 2019, following successful trials of the technology at three store locations. The charge points will be free for customer use and will provide an average 100km (62 miles) per charge.
"Electric vehicles are indispensable in addressing the major challenges of improving air quality and curbing the use of fossil fuels," said Alan Barry, Lidl Ireland’s director of property and central services. "With more and more customers shopping with us every week, we hope that the expansion of the network of public charge points will make EVs more attractive to customers whilst further enhancing our customer experience."
The report noted the move to expand Lidl’s EV charging network follows the target set by the Irish government to increase the number of EVs of their roads to 500,000 by 2030 as part of national climate-mitigation plans.
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