EV Talk webinar to focus on current status and future of public charging in Northern Ireland

A special webinar as part of the EV Talk series produced in support of the FASTER Project will explore the current status of the public charging network in Northern Ireland as well as identifying and discussing what shape the network may take in future.

Produced by South West College in collaboration with East Border Region (Newry) and hosted by Dr Euan McTurk, the EV Talk webinar series has proved a popular resource for hundreds of motorists, electric vehicle enthusiasts and potential owners since the series launch last April. Each month an expert panel has discussed a range of topics related to the use of zero emission vehicles and shared practical tips and advice for EV ownership.

The webinar on Wednesday 7th December will feature guests panellists from FASTER Project partner Ulster University who are leading on the infrastructure procurement and deployment for Northern Ireland, from the Utility Regulator of Northern Ireland, Department for the Economy and Department for Infrastructure, NIE Networks, ESB Ecars, Weev, EasyGo and EVANI so is sure to be unmissable for anyone seeking guidance and advice.

Speaking ahead of the webinar, Donal Monaghan, Project Officer, South West College said;

‘The EV talk webinar series has been an important knowledge sharing and networking tool for current electric vehicle users, fleet managers and those considering a move to EV use.

Following the announcement that the UK government will discontinue the VED exemption for electric vehicles from 2025 the panel will discuss what the likely implications of this will be in Northern Ireland while also taking a much more detailed dive on the status of the current public charging network and how this will develop in the coming years as the number of vehicles on our roads continues to grow.’

Dr Euan McTurk, Battery Electrochemist and one of the UK’s leading experts in electric vehicles added;

‘Northern Ireland has a notorious lack of EV charging infrastructure, some of which suffers from issues relating to reliability and misuse.  This has been a source of frustration for current and prospective EV drivers for many years, especially as neighbours like Scotland have ramped up the pace of their charging infrastructure roll-out.  Northern Ireland’s woes have been caused by a set of issues that are unique to Northern Ireland, some of which have recently been resolved and some of which have still to be overcome.  I’m looking forward to bringing in all of the major stakeholders to discuss the nature of these barriers to more charging infrastructure and how they can be lifted, and learning more about some exciting charging infrastructure developments in the pipeline that will be a much-welcomed gamechanger for Northern Ireland’s efforts to decarbonise its transport.’

Registration for the webinar which will take place at 11am on Wednesday 7th December is now open at the FASTER Project website. The webinar is free to attend and a recording of the webinar will be made available following the event for those unable to attend the live discussion.

For further details and to register visit https://www.fasterevcharge.com/ev-talk-electric-vehicle-charging-in-northern-ireland/