The Green Party’s South Belfast candidate for the Westminster election is calling for Belfast to be one of the beneficiaries of the ‘Plugged In Places’ electric car scheme.
The £250 million scheme, funded by the UK’s Department For Transport, will set up electric vehicle charging infrastructure in 6 cities across the UK.
Adam McGibbon said: “I’m calling for Belfast City Council to immediately get behind this scheme. As motorists struggle with rising fuel costs, electric cars provide a solution. The average car travels 12,000 miles in one year. 12,000 miles in an electric car can cost as little as £115. If successful, the scheme could see charging equipment for electric cars on Belfast streets within a year.
“With many major car companies such as Nissan, Mitsubishi and Renault about to release 100% electric vehicles in 2011, this investment would be well-timed. It will save people money, reduce our dependence on oil, reduce air pollution, and display Belfast as a leading city in the UK and Ireland in electric vehicles.”