MLA checks out future of motoring

Danny Kinahan MLA gets behind the wheel of an electric car. INNT 14-507CON
Danny Kinahan MLA gets behind the wheel of an electric car. INNT 14-507CON

SOUTH Antrim MLA Danny Kinahan got to grips with driving an electric car during an event at Belfast City Hall recently, and declared that it was “great fun and a fantastic opportunity to see at first hand how the future might be for all of us.”

“While most drivers will recharge their ‘ecars’ at home overnight, from Thursday (April 5) the first of what will become a fully integrated network of public charge points will become available to everyone using an electric vehicle. The charge points provide a convenient facility for drivers to ‘top-up’ away from home, if necessary,” Mr Kinahan explained.

The UUP man stressed that more than 40 public charge points are now available across Northern Ireland, with that figure due to increase to around 140 over the next year.

“Whether we use the car for personal or commercial reasons, electric vehicles, with a typical range of around 100 miles on a full charge, now offer a tangible alternative to petrol or diesel fuelled vehicles.

“Whilst this might not be an option for everybody right now, it is good to know that a viable alternative to gas guzzling is on the horizon,” he added.