Apparently, electric cars aren't for everyone in Ireland

As I suspected, to become an ambassador for the ESB’s electric car initiative (The Great Electric Drive), there are a few conditions that rule out a lot of people. See their application form here and click on “?” next to “Do you have a dedicated parking spot?”.

It says:

In most cases, it is a requirement to install a charge point on the wall adjacent to your parking space

On the one hand electric cars on the future. On the other city living is the future, as is apartment dwelling and living in terraced houses with communal parking. So for the vast majority of these, electric cars are not an option. How about some solutions, ESB? I live in a terraced house and I do not have dedicated parking, but would like to drive an electric car.

I work at Cork Institute of Technology and I have noticed on the driveway into the college that there is an electric car charge point. That’s fine as a top-up, but no good if I can’t leave my car there overnight.

I posted the following comment on their blog:

I live in a terraced house. The application form states: “In most cases, it is a requirement to install a charge point on the wall adjacent to your parking space”. It would appear that electric cars aren’t the answer for everyone. If the future is electric, how are ESB going to provide services to the many who live in terraced houses, apartments, etc? The predictions for the number of people who will be city dwellers in the coming decades would point to a lot more people in apartments and terraced houses with shared parking. Answers, please….

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