The Green Party has called on the Government to get all petrol service stations to install charging points for electric vehicles.

The party urged Minister for Communications and Climate Change Denis Naughten to issue the order in an effort to encourage people to use electric cars.

Party leader Eamon Ryan said Ireland has in the past taken the lead in rolling out charging points.

But, he said, a lack of political commitment has seen the country fall behind over the last six years.

A survey of electric vehicle drivers found that 38% of them are concerned about the lack of charging points.

"It's up to the Government to provide charging points so that issue of range anxiety becomes a thing of the past," the Green Party leader said.

Mr Ryan also said that incentives for diesel cars should also be scrapped. This would include making the excise duty on diesel equal to that on petrol.

Currently, the retail price of diesel is around 10 cent cheaper per litre because of the different excise rates.