The Government has announced a €20 million investment in the ESB ecars public charge point network

€20m Investment In Electric Vehicle Charging Points

The Government has announced a €20 million investment in the ESB ecars public charge point network

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. has announced that €20m is being invested to fund the rollout of high powered chargers across ESB ecars network.

Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said, "We are funding high powered charging hubs on motorways and national roads all across the country, to tackle 'range anxiety' and encourage drivers to make the switch to electric vehicles. We are stepping up our response to climate change across the board and this government is determined to take the lead and put in place the necessary infrastructure to make it easier for people to play their part."

More than 50 high power charging hubs are being funded on motorway and national road sites. These hubs will be able to charge between two and eight vehicles simultaneously and are capable of providing up to 100 km of electric driving range in as little as six minutes.

These new sites will be in addition to the 1,100 public charge points already located across the island of Ireland.

In addition to the high power charging hubs, up to 50 locations will also see Standard 22kW AC chargers upgraded to 50kW DC fast chargers, providing additional fast charging capacity around the country.

A provisional map of the planned network
A provisional map of the planned network

According to sources, this network will be able to facilitate the public charging requirements of hundreds of thousands of vehicles.

Minister Bruton said, "This investment gives people confidence that they can make the switch. Now is the time. As well as providing a network of chargers, the government also offer a number of financial supports to those thinking of changing their vehicle."

Jerry O'Sullivan, Deputy Chief Executive of ESB, said, "A key part of our Brighter Future strategy is enabling the electrification of transport, with this investment and support from the Government's Climate Action Fund critical to encouraging people to make the transition to EVs. Over the last nine years we have developed and maintained a comprehensive EV charging network and the availability of the high power charging hubs will help eliminate 'range anxiety' and enables seamless EV travel across the island of Ireland. This, in turn, will support the Government's ambition to have more than 500,000 EVs on Irish roads by 2030."

This initiative is 50% financed by the Government's Climate Action Fund with the remainder funded by ESBESB ecars is currently identifying the most appropriate locations on motorways and national road networks. The sites will be identified using the latest software mapping techniques, taking account of information on current charge point usage, traffic volume, accessibility, amenities and grid capacity at the sites.

2018 Renault ZOE

Renault Ireland At The SEAI Energy Show 2018

In continuing its commitment to electric vehicles, Renault Ireland will showcase the new Kangoo Z.E. 33 van, the ZOE Z.E. 40 and electric Twizy at stand EV13 during the SEAI Energy Show 2018 at the RDS on 18th and 19th April.

Each vehicle will also be available for test drives over the two days of the show.

The SEAI Energy Show is Ireland's leading business to business sustainable energy event, with over 100 exhibitors showcasing energy efficient and renewable energy products and services from Ireland and Europe.

Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director Renault Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be returning to the SEAI Energy Show once again, having launched our new Kangoo Z.E. 33 van and ZOE Z.E. 40 in the past year. We believe Irish businesses are ready to embrace electric, and with the longest range of any electric LCV, the new Kangoo Z.E. is the ideal way to do this. These additions to our EV range demonstrate Renault’s commitment and proactive policy as Europe’s electric vehicle pioneer and number one electric vehicle brand.”

Renault has been Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle brand since 2010. The new Kangoo Z.E. 33 has the longest driving range of any electric light commercial vehicle currently on the market. In NEDC tests, Kangoo Z.E. 33 recorded a 270km range, which equates to a real-world range of 200km in summer or 120km in colder winter weather. This extended range has been achieved with an increase in battery capacity from 22 kWh to 33 kWh. The new Kangoo Z.E. 33 is available from €28,190 in Ireland after the SEAI grant of €3,800 (battery included).

At 400km, the Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 has the longest NEDC range of any mainstream electric car. The Z.E. 40 battery provides real-world range of 300km in summer and 200km in cold winter. ZOE is Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle and prices start from €23,490 including battery and SEAI grant (€27,490 with the Z.E. 40 battery).

The two-seat Renault Twizy is suitable for urban driving and starts from €9,995, offering battery hire based on distance travelled.

Test drives at the SEAI Energy Show are now available to book online HERE.

Pictured at the SPSV Grant Launch l-r CEO of Nissan Ireland, James McCarthy, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross and Alan Nolan Director General SIM

New Incentive For Taxis To Switch To Electric Vehicles

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has welcomed the announcement by Minister Ross of a grant scheme for Taxi/Limousine/Hackney (SPSV), aimed at increasing the uptake of new electric vehicles (EVs) in the Irish taxi fleet.

The electric vehicle initiative will give Taxi drivers up to €7,000 towards the purchase of a new electric car on top of the VRT relief and SEAI grants. Grant incentives are available for a range of eligible private and commercial electric vehicles along with an SEAI home charger grant scheme.

Alan Nolan Director General SIMI commented: “SIMI having campaigned for incentives that help support the change to electric cars such as free tolls, parking and supports for recharging installation, welcomes the announcement by Minister Ross of the new grant scheme for taxis and other small public service vehicles. As we start to see more electric vehicles on our roads this will help to normalise the electric cars for consumers and their use as a public service vehicle will aid in providing motorists with that experience, while benefiting the environment.

As we have underlined before, strategies to increase electric car sales, such as the very welcome BIK changes introduced in Budget 2018 take time to impact on purchasing decisions and on supply, as cars for the Irish market are ordered up to six months in advance and we are competing with other countries for supply. Once such incentives are confirmed as being in place for a significant period (as the Minister has signalled in relation to BIK) we will see the market respond strongly and build to a much higher level over a number of years.

Ireland’s national fleet will continue with a mix of engine types over the next few years with Diesel (57%) and Petrol (36%) engines the greater market share in the new car market and still the required option for very many vehicle buyers. As an Industry we are fully committed to the supply of electric vehicles into the marketplace and we are confident that continuously improving technology will deliver an ever increasing market share for electric vehicles into the future. Incentives will play an important part in helping consumers make their purchasing decision to EVs a new cleaner technology”.