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Minister Ryan announces a new strategy for delivering EV charging to local authorities across Ireland

By Vaseline May27,2024


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Transport Minister Eamon Ryan has today launched new measures to deliver the electric vehicle (EV) charging network across Ireland.

Minister Ryan announced the final publication of the National Road EV Charging Network Plan, following public consultation, and the Universal Design Guidelines for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

The National Network EV charging network plan sets out the ambition for offering EV charging on the national road network. This includes a pool of high-performance chargers every 60km on our motorway network, as well as home and apartment charging, destination charging and residential charging (including new mobility hubs). The Universal Design Guidelines provide technical support to ensure that the design, installation and operational infrastructure of electric vehicle charging stations are simple and easy for everyone to use.

These are important steps in the implementation of the National Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy 2022-2025 and together form the national EV Charging Network Plan across the country.

They also support the Transport chapter of the Government’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) ambitions, and the steps needed to reduce Ireland’s CO2 emissions towards a fully decarbonised transport sector by 2050.

Minister Ryan said:

“The National Road Plan forms the first part of a National Plan for electric vehicle charging, focusing on the En-Route, highway and primary and secondary road network. The plan sets ambitious targets for the level and coverage needed for charging on our national road network, including chargers installed every 60km on major roads.The Universal Design Guidelines have been developed to support the rollout of well-designed, easy-to-use charging infrastructure across the country. Developed following a review of international and industry best practices and collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders, the guidelines provide an opportunity to lead the world in accessibility and functionality.

Both measures provide additional reassurance and assurance for EV drivers, and for those considering switching to EVs, that they will be able to find powerful, fast and convenient EV charging points where and when they need them.”

Minister Ryan also announced the next phase of EV charging infrastructure delivery by opening a public consultation on the Regional and Local EV Charging Network Plan, which will focus on public charging in cities and towns across the country.

The regional and local plan has been developed by Zero Emission Vehicles Ireland (ZEVI), a dedicated office of the Department for Transport and forms the second part of the National EV Charging Network Plan.

Launching the public consultation, Minister Ryan said:

“The Regional and Local EV Charging Network Plan provides a pathway for the accelerated delivery of regional and local networks of public electric vehicle charging infrastructure in towns, cities and villages across Ireland. In line with both national and European ambitions for clean transport, it ensures a coherent and standardized approach. This will be led by local authorities working together to develop regional strategies that promote a uniform and efficient rollout of charging infrastructure, and facilitate the nationwide integration of electric vehicles.”

The plans work to achieve both national and European ambitions for cleaner transport and outline a path to achieving these ambitions, linked to a package of proposals in the field of investments, regulations and policy instruments.

This includes the rollout of publicly accessible charging points through the Shared Island Sports Club EV Charging Scheme, the EU Just Transition Fund (JTF) Community Facilities EV Charging Scheme and the Motorway Grant Scheme for EV Charging. Vehicle En-Route Grant Scheme), all of which are currently in use and are expected to be delivered to the ground in late 2024 or early 2025.

The closing date for participation in the public consultation for the Local and Regional Plan is July 19, 2024.

The responses will then be analyzed, evaluated and will serve as a basis for the development of a final document to be published in the second half of 2024.

For more information and to have your say, visit www.gov.ie/zevi.

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