Jan-Bart Spang

About Jan-Bart Spang

North Cork Renault Zoe owner. General Computer, open source software, GNU/Linux and gadget lover!

LEV Taskforce Meeting Reports


September 2017

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:

LEVT meeting report 7 September

LEVT Work Group 2 report 14 September

LEVT Task Force Presentation

April 2018

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

LEVT meeting report 6 April 2018

Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment

On Tuesday the 20th of June the Irish EV Owners Association committee was invited to attend the Oireachtas Meeting of the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment. The committee was represented by chairman Frank Barr and secretary Dave McCabe. Michael Sherlock (Treasurer), Jan-Bart Spang (Webmaster) and Joe McCarthy were present in the public gallery. 

Watch the full video of the meeting below. The committee opening statement is at 59 minutes, 30 seconds with further statements throughout the question session after.

Green Party EV Survey

Calling Irish EV owners!

The Green Party is seeking data on Electric Vehicles in Ireland and has compiled a survey to review EV use in Ireland. Your responses will provide data for them to press the government for better infrastructure for EV owners nationwide. We would be very grateful if you could fill out this 10 question survey which should take about 5 minutes to complete. If you have any queries, please contact the Green Party office at info@greenparty.ie.

Thank you for your help.


Renault Zoe Owners Club break new record for charity




Craig and Jan-Bart, owners of the Renault Zoe and proud members of the Renault Zoe Owners Club, recently set out to make history in the Renault Zoe 22kw. The mission was to travel further than two people ever have in a Zoe and in turn raise money for Myton Hospice in Warwick, UK. Their phenomenal efforts saw them travel half way across Europe, arriving in Austria, and breaking the record for the longest distance ever travelled in a Renault Zoe 22kw without stopping for anything other than charging.


The journey covered six countries including England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and finally arriving at their target destination, Austria, and they stopped at 19 different charging stations on the way. The colossal journey for the small Renault Zoe was expected to take a total 41 hours, 30 minutes, however the good fortune of the drivers saw them fly around Europe much faster than expected. Leaving on Thursday 26th May at 00:30, their incredible journey came to a conclusion when they arrived in Austria the next day at 10:30am, an incredible 32 hours of constant driving!

Not only did Craig and Jan-Bart beat their expected time by an impressive 9 hours 30 minutes, they also made history. The journey set a new standard for the Renault Zoe and their trip covered a whopping 927 miles. This incredible feat is now the furthest distance two people have ever covered in a Renault Zoe in one driving spell, with only charging stops included. Their efforts have proven that incredible achievements can be accomplished when you’re motivated to do something for a good cause.


The impressive distance by the two gentlemen goes to show the capabilities of the Renault Zoe. A small, compact fully electric vehicle capable of travelling halfway around Europe with ease. The total 927 miles covered made an average of 48.3 miles before each stop, resulting in 19 stops in total. Not only did the Zoe achieve impressive distances per stop and in total, the battery never exceeded 30 degrees, showing the impressive cooling of the battery. A great achievement and a great testimony to the capabilities of the Zoe.

Renault Zoe


When the two drivers arrived in Austria, they visited the Austrian Zoe Owners Club and the Treffen 2017, a large electric vehicle event. During their brief stay, they were “treated like royalty” when they arrived and awarded an honorary membership to the Renault Zoe Club for life. Not only were they greeted with a warm welcome, they also raised another £600 for Myton Hospice. Their warm welcome and incredible support helped them relax and enjoy their achievements before their journey home.

In total, an incredible £1,800 was raised for Myton Hospice, and that is only so far! They far surpassed their target of £1,000 and the money raised will make a huge difference for the hospice. This incredible achievement continues to impress people everywhere and as their story spreads, there may even be more money raised for their chosen hospice yet. Two strangers with a common interest in the Renault Zoe have proven that people can join together to achieve incredible things, travel incredible distances and set new records, all in the name of charity.


Annual General Meeting 2016

The Irish EV Owners Association AGM will be held on Saturday April 23rd at Noon at Nissan HQ Park West Business Park, Nangor Road, Dublin 12.

Teas and snacks will be provided. (Thank You Nissan!)

All attendants can join or renew their membership and changes to the Constitution ratified by members at this time.

Please register attendance using the link below!

See you there!


Public statement on the ESB eCars charging announcement

Following concerns voiced by members, the full Committee of the Irish EV Owners Association has met to discuss the implications of the ESB eCars charging announcement. After discussing it at great length, taking on board all suggestions of price plans given to us on our Facebook page and by our members via email, we have arrived at the following consensus:

€40 per month or €460 per pre-paid year.
Unlimited charging at SCP & FCP

Electric Avenue
€10 per month
€0.20 per kWh

SCP €0.50 initialisation fee .25¢ per kWh
FCP €1 initialisation fee €0.25 kWh

Members of the IEVOA Committee will present these at a meeting with ESB eCars soon.

Mizen Head to Malin head (and back!) in an Electric car, in less than 24 hours !

Read all about how the challenge went here -> EV adventurers battle the storms

Our challenge ? Driving from Mizen Head to Malin head and back in less than 24 hours in an Electric car on the 14-15th NovemberA total distance of over 1300km.

Why ? We want to promote Electric Vehicle (EV) driving/ownership in Ireland, and show that you can drive long distances in an EV.

Who are we ? Jan-Bart Spang and Guillaume Seguin, committee members of the Irish EV Owners Association. We both have EVs; Jan-Bart a Renault Zoé and Guillaume a Nissan Leaf. As well as driving them daily, we also have experience on long trips as we have both carried out international trips in our electric cars.

EVs are suitable to most drivers … they just don’t know they are! Most common preconceptions or concerns are lack of range, and charging network availability. We would like to show that an EV can easily be driven around the country, in a timely manner.

The car. A 2014 Renault Zoe.

The approximate route


We will drive a Renault Zoé, from Mizen Head to Malin Head through the east and back through the west coast. We will show that the charging network works along motorways but also on N roads and in the west. We will invite anyone who is curious of EV technology and ownership to meet up at our “Chat and Charge impromptus, while the car is charging.

Please see below our approximate stop times (we will give live update on twitter/facebook)

Saturday :

10:00 Start at Mizen Head

11.50 to 12.05 in Hernons Great Gas, Bypass Road, Bandon, County Cork

12.30 to 13.00 in Topaz Frankfield Service Station, Frankfield Road, Douglas, County Cork

14.00 to 14.15 in Topaz, M8 Junction 8 (R692), Wallers Lot, Cashel, County Tipperary

14.45 to 15.15 in Topaz, M8 @Junction 3 (R433), Ballacolla, County Laois

16.35 to 17.10 in Topaz, Corballis Road North, Dublin Airport, County Dublin

17.50 to 18.20 in Applegreen Castlebellingham, M1 (Northbound, between Junctions 15 & 16), Castlebellingham, County Louth

19.20 to 19.50 in Donnelly’s Garage, 57 Moy Road, BT71 7DT Dungannon, Tyrone

20.20 to 20.30 in Jamsie’s Garage, 31B Glenshane Road, Maghera, BT46 5JZ Derry

21.15 to 21.40 in Maxol , Glendermot Road, Waterside, Londonderry, BT47 6BG Derry

22:00 Arrival at Malin Head

23.40 to 00.05 in Maxol , Glendermot Road, Waterside, Londonderry, BT47 6BG Derry

Sunday :

1.15 to 1.30 in Kee’s Esso Service Station, N15/R232 Junction, Laghey, County Donegal

2.00 to 2.10 in Texaco Londis Service Station, Sligo Road, Grange, County Sligo

3.30 to 3.55 in McHugh’s Texaco Service Station, Galway Road, Ballindine, County Mayo

5.25 to 5.55 in Topaz Service Station, Airport Road, Tullyvaragh, Shannon, County Clare

7.00 to 7.30 in Irish Rail Mallow Station, Limerick Road, Mallow, County Cork

8.25 to 8.50 in Hernons Great Gas, Bypass Road, Bandon, Cork

10:00 Finish at Mizen Head


During our trip, you can follow us on Twitter:

#EVm2m #ChatAndCharge @lovrenault @janbartspang


Also, we’ll post update on the Irish EV Owners Association Facebook Page



Update on EV infrastructure & Operations by ESB Ecars

Following a recent meeting of the committee with ESB Ecars we are able to provide the following update on the EV Infrastructure & Operations.

  • FCPs are to be installed in Limerick, Waterford, Mallow, Castlebar, Tralee, Cavan, Drogheda, Lucan, M11 new Gorey Service station, Clonshaugh (Dublin), Omni Park (Dublin)
  • There are 220 public parking spaces for charging in total. Painting of Parking spaces to be done next: Wicklow, Westmeath, Mayo and Dublin City Council. Dublin City Council.
    • Talks going on with Dublin City Council at the moment the budget is there to paint parking spaces but there are issues with the zoning of the charge point locations.
    • Bray and Wicklow will be painted soon as a result of the IEVOA committee’s work with Wicklow County Council.
  • The problem of the defraying of the FCP cables is being looked into by the manufacturers.

Visit to Cloughjordan Eco Village – 20/09/2015

On a wet Sunday afternoon a few members of the Association met up for a get together and a tour of the Cloughjordan Ecovillage. Food and drinks were provided in the Django Hostel and all in all it was a great day. The rain stopped long enough for a tour of this wonderful community. Thanks to all involved for organising it! The community is a great inspiration of what is possible in the area of sustainable living.


We have moved to a new Facebook Group

We have moved!

In an effort to make communication with the committee and between members of the association easier we have started an open Facebook Group. The content of this group is visible to all Facebook Users but only member of the group will be able to post there. The membership is controlled by committee members but is open to members and prospect members of the association.

Our new group can be found here!

evFirst Android App Beta Launch

Dale Kelly of evfirst.com has created the evFirst Android app. It is a beta version up on Google Play. At the moment you can use the app to find your nearest charger, view its reliability, check-in (if you are close enough to it), change its status, add/vew comments, view check-ins and view the charger in Google Maps navigation.

Other features include: View Nearby Chargers, which shows a list of chargers near your location, view inbox (to see your evFirst messages), send messages, view announcements and view events. The app requires Android 4.0+, GPS and an internet connection.

You can get the app using the link below (or view screen shot of the app if you don’t own an Android phone).

Presenting the new forum!

After a lot of work behind the scenes by myself and several
other people the website now includes a forum. We are hoping the new
forum will make communication between association members a little
easier by providing a platform which promotes discussion.

Please register and explore by clicking this link:

There are lots of categories and topics to chat about. Any association
member who registers should contact one of the administrators to receive
access to the members only section of this forum. This section includes
topics about the association, a buy and sell section and a section where
you will be able to find documents for members as well as minutes of

The Energy Show 2015

The Energy Show 2015 Presented by SEAI RDS Dublin, March 25, 26, 2015.

Attendance to the exhibition is free. Pre-register to ensure a no-delay entry.

For more information please see — http://www.seai.ie/News_Events/Energy_Show/

The Irish EV Owners Association has been invited to send the PRO of the association to a talk with Mr. Ola Elvestuen – Member of Parliament, Norway on Thursday, March 26, 2015Mr. Ola Elvestuen as well as being a member of Parliament Norway is Chair of the Energy and Environmental Committee in his country.

energy show 2015

2015 EV Owners Irish Photographic Rally

2015 sees the second EV Owners Irish Photographic Rally.

The Rally is now open – Click here for details.

Last year’s rally was a great success with awards presented at the ESB Ecars gathering on Nov 29th 2014.
A sincere thanks to all the sponsors: ESB Ecars, EcarsNI and Windsor Deansgrange.

The basic aims of the EV Owners Irish Photographic Rally are:

  1. To encourage people to get travelling in their electric cars & have some element of fun, travel & adventure. To get using our EVs more and travelling further.  It is open to all pure electric vehicles drivers and their passengers both Irish and from abroad.
  2. An interest in photography might add an additional dimension to your travels.
  3. The rally is not a competition. It is not a driving rally. It is a Photographic Rally. Plaques are awarded for photographing a preset number of locations.

Both Driver an passengers can enter.

Full details can be seen at http://www.irishevowners.ie/ev-photo-rally/


Dale Kelly has created a web/app for EV Drivers.

The app allows one to view chargers, the status of the chargers, broken chargers, make ‘reservations’ (more of an intent to charge at a certain date/time), post events and mail users using their registration plate number.

There is also a forum which has come up a few times from EV drivers as something that people would like. If you are interested and would like to register please go to https://evfirst.com

Its free to register and use. You are not required to enter your phone number or registration plate number – you can add them later if you wish.

Dale would really appreciate feedback on the web app, and any feature requests etc. can be placed in the forum.

Please bare in mind that this is a beta version so there may be some bugs.