Lidl Ireland is planning to introduce electric car charging points at its new stores and at major refurbishment projects, according to the Irish Independent.
The discounter aims to provide over 40 vehicle charging stations across 20 of its stores nationwide within the next six months.
The service will be free of charge for customers shopping at the featured outlets, and 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," said Alan Barry, of Lidl Ireland.
The retailer already has set up and tested electric car charging points in Rathfarnham, Drogheda, and Swords.
Lidl intends to install the stations in Cabra, Tallaght, Glenageary, East Wall, Gorey, Wilton, Virginia, Magherafelt, Lurgan and Andersonstown across the coming months.
Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland welcomed the announcement.
"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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