Industry News 4th April 2022

As the Irish Government publishes the draft of its first EV Charging Infrastructure strategy, monthly registrations for fully electric vehicles continue to climb, a new UK industry partnership will deliver 50,000 workplace chargepoints by 2030 and an industry report finds dealerships are a major influencer in the EV purchase decision. Read through some of the stories making the headlines this week.

Irish Government unveils EV Charging Infrastructure strategy

The Irish Government are inviting members of the general public to have their say following the publication of the Draft National Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure strategy. Launched by Minister Eamon Ryan TD, the strategy document sets out a pathway for the period 2022 to 2025 as Ireland continues its rapidly accelerating progress towards its Climate Action Plan target.

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More than seven in 10 UK councils have no electric car transition plan

Responses to freedom of information requested by the FairCharge campaign found that only 28% of local authorities across the UK have released a strategy for supporting the switch to electric vehicles with a further 23% in the process of devising their plans. No local authorities in Northern Ireland have currently published a strategy document.

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Skills shortage biggest challenge facing EV industry

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) forecasts a shortfall of 35,700 technicians by 2030 is retraining isn’t addressed urgently. The IMI has repeated calls for the UK government to commit to funding to support EV skills training estimating that a £15 million investment would contribute towards training for up to 75,000 technicians.

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eEnergy and EO Charging to deliver 50,000 EV office chargers by 2030

eEnergy and EO charging have announced a new partnership which will see the roll out of 50,000 charge points at workplaces across the UK by 2030, with the focus initially on the education sector. The partnership expects to have 200 points installed before the end of April with a target of 2,000 to be completed within the first 12 months

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SEAI mystery shopper exercise reveals dealerships are now a major influencer in the decision making process

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) launched their new mystery shopper report at the SEAI Energy Show with key findings showing that advice from dealerships is an influential factor in consumers purchasing decision with 67% of respondents reporting that they were satisfied with the service received from dealerships

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UK automotive industry invested £10.8 billion in battery R&D in first ‘electric decade’

New analysis by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveals that UK electric vehicle manufacturers have committed £10.8 billion in vehicle batter R&D and production since 2011. Ten years ago just 6 models of electric car were available in the UK and sales accounted for 0.1 percent of new registrations. Today there are over 150 plug-in models available.

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Electric Car Sales double as more than 6,000 are sold in the first quarter of 2022

The SIMI has revealed that registrations of Battery Electric Vehicles have more than doubled in the past 12 months with 6,244 registered in the first quarter of 2022 in comparison with 2,816 registered over the same period in 2021. The top selling vehicles included the Hyundai Ioniq 5, VW ID4, KIA EV6, Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model 3.

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