Plans to build a national electric vehicle training centre in Mullingar, Co Westmeath have been announced by Minister for Further Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris.
Once opened, the centre will train people to repair and maintain not only electric cars, but also electric bikes, scooters, trucks, buses, vans and heavy goods vehicles.
Although an exact located has yet to be confirmed, the Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board, which will play a key role in delivering the project, has set up a temporary office in Marlinstown.
“The transition from new diesel and petrol cars is no longer a futuristic concept. It is happening currently. Electric vehicles are outselling new petrol and diesel cars for the first time ever,” Minister Harris said.
“This is the start of a really significant transition. As the number of EVs on the road increases, a workforce with the knowledge to fix and properly maintain them will be needed.
“It is clear to us we need a dedicated national centre to focus on the delivery of these key skills, while preparing for future technological advances.
“This national centre will be based in the Midlands, in one of our growing towns and will be absolutely critical to delivery of the skills of the future.”