A delegation of the IEVOA committee met with ESB Ecars in December 2018. Please find the report of this meeting below:
A delegation of the IEVOA committee met with ESB Ecars in December 2018. Please find the report of this meeting below:
This is a summary of a survey conducted amongst registered members of the Irish EV Owners Association about the planned introduction of fees at the ESB Ecars Fast Chargers in 2019. The survey applies to the Fast Chargers only and does not include any questions about the standard AC chargers.
This summary report contains the results of all the questions with the exception of the open response question 10. This is for IEVOA committee use only.
78% of the respondents indicated they had access to a home charger.
About 45% of the respondents use an Ecars Fast Charger every week. Most respondents (123) only use one a few times a month but that’s closely followed by a few times a week (117).
Most respondents are in favour of the introduction of fees on a per kWH basis (56%), though over 20% of the respondents would like to keep the chargers free to use.
Most members are in favour of per kWh pricing, (331) would like to keep the cost per kWh at the average Irish home rate (49.9% of those in favour of per kWh billing) with €0.20/kWh and €0.30/kWh the next highest percentages.
Of those in favour of per minute pricing (139), most would like to keep the price at less than €0.20/minute.
Only 21.5% of the respondents are in favour of a flat session fee, around half of those (48.5%) would like the session fee to be less than €3 per session.
An overwhelming majority of respondents (90%) would like to see an overstay fee applied but the response to when this would be applied is very mixed. 1/3 appear to want a per minute fee from the start.
36% of those in favour of a overstay fee would like the price to be more than €0.50/minute.
84% do not want a connection fee to be applied.
In summary, based on the results of this survey, if fees are to be introduced for the use of ESB Ecars Fast Chargers in Ireland the majority of users would like to see per kWh billing at an average home energy rate, without a connection fee, but with some kind of overstay fee.
The summary results of individual questions can be seen on this document.
Thank you to all who took the time to answer this survey.
The Irish EV Owners Association Committee
This is the IEVOA statement related to today’s Climate Action fund announcement
“The IEVOA welcomes today’s announcement of the €10 million funding for ESB Ecars to develop a faster charging network (150kw vs 50kw currently), as part of the Climate Action Fund. This will continue to support the EV adoption growth, as the number of EV’s on the Irish roads are now reaching 7500, twice as many as just 1 year ago, with an even more substantial growth anticipated for 2019. This will therefore have to be backed up by further investments. Association members are eager for an expansion of a reliable charging network – particularly fast charging hubs, with multiple charging ports, offering increased availability, reliability, supported with high levels of maintenance. We look forward to further announcements.”
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The IEVOA (The Irish EV Owners Association) welcomes the initiative as announced by Minister Shane Ross and feel that this is a step in the right direction to incentivise the uptake of electric vehicles in Ireland. This step is important as currently Ireland is “second-worst in EU on climate change action” as published by the Irish Times on Monday June 18 th 2018. Ireland is liable to face annual, non-compliance fines of approximately €500million should we not reach our emissions targets. In Ireland, transport is second only to agriculture when it comes to CO2 emissions and therefore electrifying our private transport plays a key part in reducing these emissions and bringing us closer to meeting our targets.
On the matter of plug-in hybrids being included and conventional hybrid cars being excluded, the IEVOA feels that this is appropriate as, while conventional hybrid cars do have some electric components, they have very limited electric only range. The result of this is that conventional hybrids still emit quite high amounts of CO2 through their tailpipe emissions – roughly 70g of CO2 per kilometre vs 140g CO2 per kilometre for the same size petrol car. With this in mind it makes sense to incentivise only vehicles that are capable of running without actively producing dangerous emissions from their exhausts. It is important to highlight this difference amid confusing claims being made by some manufacturers that their hybrids are “self-charging” and therefore do not need to be plugged in. This claim can cause confusion and lead people to believe that these cars are just like plug-in hybrids without the charging and this is certainly not the case.
While we are pleased at the introduction of reduced tolls for low and zero emissions vehicles, and feel that it is a step in the right direction, the IEVOA feel that there is a lot more work to be done to
make Ireland a more EV friendly country. Issues such as further development, support and repair of the charging network are high on the committee’s agenda.
Please find below the statement in pdf format:
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Yesterday it came to our attention that RTE aired a program called “Today with Sean O’Rourke” which had a segment on EVs in Ireland. It is our belief that this segment was a breach of the Broadcasting Act 2009, section 39(1) subsection B in that the content of the program was entirely based on subjective opinion and it presented these opinions as fact in a manner which could do damage to the uptake of EVs in Ireland. RTE did not, in our opinion, provide enough of a counter argument nor did it make any effort to espouse any of the positive aspects of EV ownership. As such, the committee has submitted a formal complaint to RTE following their formal complaint procedures.
We wish our members to know that we take these matters very seriously and always aim to be proactive in meeting these issues head on. We will continue to update our members on the progress of our formal complaint as and when we receive updates from RTE or the BAI.
Your IEVOA committee members.
4 representatives of the IEVOA , met with representatives of the LEV Taskforce, a joint DCCAE , DTTAS committee , charged with promoting the the changeover of car transport to sustainable vehicles . A representative of the SEAI also attended. Please find below the IEVOA report.
Please note that you can find previous reports from this taskforce on the page below:
Dear IEVOA members,
We would like to inform you that the 2018 AGM will take place on the 24th March 2018, 12:00 noon in Nissan Headquarters, ParkWest Business Park , Dublin 12 , D12 FFD0.
If you are coming, please register in the link below!
We would like to point out that only 2018 full members (paid membership) will be able to take part to the votes, but everyone is welcome.
Also if you want to contribute to the association with your skills, should it be by lobbying, be an IT/webmaster, if you are passionate organising events, etc. please send us an email at email@example.com and let us know how you can make the IEVOA a better organisation.
If you haven’t renewed your 2017 full membership just yet, or if you wish to upgrade your (free) associate membership to a 2018 full membership, feel free to fill out the form below:
Do not hesitate to contact Guillaume (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any question.
Regardless of your membership status, do not forget to RSVP on the following page, should you wish to join us that day !
Thanks you for your support and we hopefully will see you on the 24th March!
This document is meant to bring useful information for anyone looking into buying a new EV in Ireland. It doesn’t include PHEVs or EVs with range extender. And neither does it include earlier models so if you are looking for a used model, be aware that older versions of these models may have lower battery and charging specifications.
The data in the chart is made of manufacturer official information. Non-official information have the (est) tag.
Consumption is indicated in kwh per 100 km. This data, combined with the battery size, gives you the range of the vehicle.
Battery size : What you can read about battery size varies depending on manufacturers. Some indicate the total battery capacity, some the usable capacity. Typically around 10% or the capacity of the battery isn’t used, in order to extend battery life.
On-board AC : That’s how powerful is the AC on-board charger is : if this column contains 2 values, the lowest is the standard equipment, higher one is an option.
Please reach out to me at email@example.com (with your source) if you believe there is incorrect/incomplete information, or if you have useful additional data to complete it. Thanks!
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BMW i3 : The facelifted version of the premium supermini EV. It now comes with a 184hp “s” version (170hp for the standard version). Battery has been upgraded to 27.2kwh (usable) early 2017.
Hyundai Ioniq : It has proven to be somewhat successful in Ireland and is regarded as the most efficient EV on the market. Be aware that there is a general supply shortage so delivery delays to be expected.
Nissan Leaf : Is still available but on stock only as the New Leaf has now replaced it on the production line. We are not aware of the actual stock so some of the models in the chart might no longer be available.
New Nissan Leaf : In a few weeks, the new Irish range will be revealed, stay tuned ! In the meantime, a special edition with all technological elements standard (e-pedal, pro-pilot, etc.) is available for € 29590 (ex delivery charges and metallic paint)
Renault Zoé : The famous ZE40 is still the longest range EV on the market, if you except Teslas of course, and has the very handy 22kw on-board charger, which means very quick charging, almost anywhere in the country. Be aware that the 43kw fast charging capability is an option (called Q90 version) and that it does reduce the range.
Volkswagen E-Golf : Facelifted version now available with a bigger battery
Tesla Model S and X : Range and options have been simplified, only 75 and 100 versions available now.
See the page below if you want to know more about 181 offers :
Three members of the IEVOA committee meeting attended the first meeting of the Low Emissions Vehicle Taskforce (LEVT) on September 7th 2017.
The LEVT is a joint Government task force comprising members of the DCCAE and DTTAS,jointly chaired by Kevin Brady of DCCAE and Louise Carey of DTTAS . Also present were
representatives from the SEAI, Ecars , SIMI, Dept of Finance and the CER.
After this meeting the head of Working Group 2, of the LEVT contacted the IEVOA Committee to request their views on the next generation of fast chargers in Ireland. Working Group 2 is concerned with developing a charging network in Ireland for BEVs. The IEVOA presented its perspective on the development of fast charging in Ireland to the Work Group on September 14th 2017.
Below are the reports of the meetings as well as the presentation presented to LEVT Work Group 2:
4 representatives of the IEVOA , met with representatives of the LEV Taskforce, a joint DCCAE , DTTAS committee , charged with promoting the the changeover of car transport to sustainable vehicles . A representative of the SEAI also attended. Please find below the IEVOA report
On Monday 14 th August , A delegation of IEVOA committee members met the CER , including commissioner Garrett Blaney.
The IEVOA delegation , consisted of Frank Barr, Michael Sherlock, Dave McCabe, Cian Delaney and Joe McCarthy.
The primary purpose of the meeting was to discuss the forthcoming decision by the CER on the future ownership of the EV charging network.
The IEVOA delegation repeatedly impressed on the CER, that it had grave concerns about simply transferring ownership to the ESB in a unregulated manner.
In addition The IEVOA put forward that kWh ( units ) pricing was the fairest way, with penalties for overstays and hogging, pointing out the issues that time based pricing causes for older EVs etc. In addition, the IEVOA pointed out that originally , the retail electricity suppliers (Energia, Airtricity , etc ) were intended to have a role, selling charge point access, but that this concept seems to have disappeared.
The CER laid out concerns that EU rules effectively prevented them from continuing the present situation, and also made it difficult to place the chargers in the Regulated Asset Base (RAB), ie where funding would be continued to be drawn from the electricity users. EU rules basically state that EV charging should be commercial.
A further discussion was had on the issues around home charging and the introduction of smart meters, with the CER opining that smart meters may aid EV charging at home by soaking up currently unused night time green energy generation.
The CER did not provide any indication of the nature of their forthcoming decision, but their negative view on the RAB issue, strongly suggests that full unregulated transfer to the ESB is possible.
The IEVOA further suggested that a delay on the decision, might be better then taking the wrong decision as the nature of public charging may well change as range grows.
The CER stated that it was not their intention that any decision would damage or curtail the adoption of EVs and the commissioner was of the opinion that government needs policy in the area of EV charging and this was lacking. He pointed out that in many European countries, local authorities were involved in the provision of chargers, whereas this was not a feature in Ireland. The CER also stated that any decision would go to Government for comment. (It was not clear if Government approval was necessary or whether this was a formality )
He also outlined the history of the charger project, which was unusual in the European context as it was funded by the electricity users and was primarily a research/pilot project and was designed to evaluate the effect of EV charging on the distribution network.
The meeting concluded with the CER stating that we had raised points worth considering.
On Tuesday the 18th of October representatives of the Committee met with ESB Ecars at ESB Ecars Headquarters.
The report of this meeting can be found here.