Lidl Ire­land to in­tro­duce elec­tric car charg­ing points

Irish Independent - Business Week - - Front Page - El­lie Don­nelly

LIDL is to in­tro­duce elec­tric car charg­ing points at its new stores and across ma­jor store re­fur­bish­ment projects.

The ini­tia­tive will see the gro­cery chain pro­vide more than 40 elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing fa­cil­i­ties in 20 stores across Ire­land within the next six months.

The ser­vice, which will be free of charge for cus­tomers while they shop, will make Lidl the largest net­work of elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ers in the Ir­ish su­per­mar­ket sec­tor.

“Busi­ness must act re­spon­si­bly, and Lidl will lead the way by in­stalling elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ers in all new store builds and in­vest­ing over €150,000 in our elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing pro­gramme,” Alan Barry, of Lidl Ire­land, said.

Lidl has al­ready in­stalled and tri­alled elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing points at its Rath­farn­ham, Drogheda and Swords stores.

It will retro­fit the tech­nol­ogy to its stores in Cabra, Tal­laght, Gle­nageary, East Wall, Gorey, Wil­ton, Vir­ginia, Magher­afelt, Lur­gan and An­der­son­stown across the com­ing months.

The an­nounce­ment was wel­comed by the Sus­tain­able En­ergy Author­ity Ire­land.

“Ini­tia­tives such as this will help to pro­vide con­fi­dence in the charg­ing net­work and en­sure that there are suf­fi­cient charg­ing lo­ca­tions avail­able for a grow­ing num­ber of elec­tric ve­hi­cle users,” said Sus­tain­able En­ergy Author­ity CEO Jim Gan­non.

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