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Irish Government, ESB and Renault-Nissan Alliance Partner on EVs in Ireland; Incentives, Charge Points and Cars

The Irish Government; the ESB, Ireland’s largest electricity utility; and the Renault-Nissan Alliance announced a comprehensive partnership to position Ireland as a European leader in electric transport. (Earlier post.)

The Definitive Agreement includes the development of a nationwide electric car charging infrastructure by ESB, the supply of electric cars by the Renault- Nissan Alliance from 2011, as well as Government policies and incentives that will support the widespread adoption of such vehicles. Those who purchase electric cars can avail of the €5,000 (US$6,800) grant, which the Irish Government announced today. Irish buyers of electric vehicles will be exempt from Vehicle Registration Tax.

The Irish Government’s target is for 10% of Ireland’s vehicles to be electric by 2020. Today’s Agreement with Nissan-Renault will see 2,000 cars on Irish roads by 2011. This keeps us firmly on track to achieve, if not exceed, our goals.

—Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan

Under the agreement, ESB will roll out 3,500 charge points nationwide by December 2011. The rollout has already begun in Dublin and charging points will also be installed in Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick. ESB also plans to install 30 fast charge points across Ireland by the end of 2011, with nine expected to be set up by the end of this year.

Nissan will supply its all-electric, five-seater LEAF hatchback to Ireland in early 2011 while Renault will launch its light commercial electric vehicle, Kangoo Z.E., later in the year. By the end of 2011, Renault will also supply 100 pre-production Fluence Z.E.s for a pilot project in Ireland. Fluence Z.E., an electric sedan for both private and professional use, will go on sale in Ireland in 2012.

All three vehicles will be fitted with the latest generation of lithium-ion batteries produced by Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), a joint venture between Nissan, NEC and NEC Tonkin.

ESB is designing an infrastructure that will ensure open access to all car manufacturers and all energy suppliers. Trials and pilots will be conducted by ESB to test the infrastructure and collect the data necessary to examine driving trends, usage patterns as well as the new electric car lifestyle experience.

The Definitive Agreement follows a Memorandum Understanding signed by the three parties last April to study the promotion of electric vehicles in Ireland.



The greens are smoking it again.
There is NO WAY that 10% of Ireland's vehicles will be electric by 2020, there are practically none at present, and the few that are are awful G-WHiz's. The ones that are coming are very expensive (MiEV + Leaf) - even if they are not subject to VRT (14 - 36%).

While I (and many techno-optimists) support the electrification of transport, there is no real point in Ireland being early adopters.
There is no particular synergy for us to do it. We do not have excessive electricity (like Iceland), we do not have a vehicle or battery manufacturing industry - we consume both of these, rather than produce them - we have chosen different areas for industrial development.

The worry is that they will put in loads (3500) of chargers that no-one will use, and then the technology will change (or the connectors) before the sector settles down, and we will have 3500 white elephants scattered around the country, many waiting to be used for the first time.

We will have the world's highest population of virgin charge points, all "on the shelf" as it were, hoping to meet an EV some day.

A better idea would be to pledge to place one charge point at a place of each of the first 3500 EV owner's choosing (within reason), and let people fill them in based on actual demand. If you numbered the charge points, people would (might) want to get the lowest numbers and this would push it forward (or maybe not).

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