Derry to plug into a new future of electric power cars

The charging point for electric cars at Strand Road.
The charging point for electric cars at Strand Road.

Charging points for the North’s new electric car network are being installed across Derry.

The Department for Regional Development, along with government and business partners, are to erect a total of seven charge points across the city.

The Derry chargers will be located at Bishop Street, Carlisle Road, Strand Road, Victoria Market, The Diamond, Templemore Sports Complex and Waterside Railway Station.

The project is aimed at preparing Northern Ireland for a future where cars run on batteries instead of fossil fuels.

According to the Department for Regional Development, an electric car in Northern Ireland currently costs between £28,000 and £30,000.

However, to encourage people to use electric cars, the government is offering grants of up to £5,000 towards their purchase.

Grants are also available to individuals and businesses to install their own charging stations.

Within the next 12 months, Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Citroen and BMW will all be marketing new cars, with on-the-road prices expected to drop to as little as £13,000.

It’s believed Derry City Council is considering buying an electric van to avail of the new eco-friendly service.

“The charging posts will be maintained by NIE under the terms and conditions of the award from the Office for Low Emissions, while the customer will pay for the electricity to charge their electric vehicle through a pre-paid top up card,” a Council report reveals.