State of the nations

Garo Electric Ireland reports on how the UK and Ireland are faring with EV progress...

The UK Government’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy was launched in July 2018 with an overarching mission ‘for at least 50% – and as many as 70% – of new car sales to be ultra low emission by 2030, alongside up to 40% of new vans’. The plan pledges to enable a massive roll out of charging infrastructure to support this aim. These requirements include charging points to be built in new homes and placing them within street lampposts. A £400million charging investment fund would facilitate the growth of this infrastructure, providing funds to companies who produce and install charging points. Grants for workplace charger installation would be increased in value so that people can charge at work.

Recently, the UK’s transport secretary, Grant Shapps announced specific measures including the installation of over 1,000 new street-side charging points on roads around the country. This will bring the UK Government’s total outlay in the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme to £5million.

This summer, the Irish Government announced its Climate Action Plan with the overall goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. It features a raft of measures to reach this aim and the incentivisation of electric vehicles is a core part of the plan. This includes over 90 high-powered EV chargers at key locations on the national road network, the installation of 50 new fast chargers and replacement of over 250 standard chargers.

Following on from this, the Irish Minister for Climate Action and Environment announced new plans for local authorities to add 1000 new On-Street EV Chargers to the network. Chargers will improve access to those who don’t have driveway access for charging and may be integrated into lampposts.

Running parallel to the shift in demand and confirmed Government funding, Garo Electric has been expanding rapidly across Northern Ireland, the ROI and the UK with its premium EV Charging Range. The ever-increasing range offers solutions for single or multi use set-up with basic models through to fully enhanced options with smart metering, advanced billing and dynamic load balancing. All chargers are OLEV and SEAI grant approved.

Another key advantage with Garo charging stations is the ability to demonstrate a company’s green credentials through branding.

Each unit can be branded with a company/organisational logo and colour scheme to suit their identity. It’s a powerful way to communicate a company’s environmental policy at the entrance point for visitors – the car park.

Over the last year, Garo has completed installations across a number of high profile organisations and facilities including Facebook, Musgraves, Abbott, Eli-Lilly, universities, county council offices, shopping centres and many more.