Mar 30, 2023 - 03:53 pm
EB Charging rebranded as Blink Charging UK
Blink Charging has announced the rebranding of EB Charging to Blink Charging UK following its acquisition in April 2022. The rebrand provides Blink with a visible footprint of more than 1225 chargers in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Mar 27, 2023 - 12:51 pm
ESB to introduce charge for charging in Northern Ireland
Irish energy company ESB has announced the introduction of a pay-for-use system for its public electric vehicle charging network in Northern Ireland. This means that EV drivers in Northern Ireland will have to pay to charge on the street from the end of April.
Mar 23, 2023 - 01:02 pm
Ireland cuts electric vehicle subsidies
The Irish government has announced a reduction of its subsidy for privately purchased electric vehicles. From 1 July 2023, the purchase premium will drop from 5,000 to 3,500 euros.
Feb 20, 2023 - 08:50 am
BYD announces new dealer partnerships in Europe
Chinese carmaker BYD has added two new dealer cooperations to its network in Europe. Motor Distributors Ltd (MLD) is active in Ireland and will offer BYD models at select locations, including in Dublin and Cork. RSA, a dealer with whom BYD already cooperates in Norway, will offer the Chinese EVs in Finland and Iceland.
Jan 31, 2023 - 05:10 pm
Ireland launches sports club charging scheme
Ireland’s Department of Transport has launched the ‘Shared Island Sports Club EV Charging Scheme’. The new €15 million scheme is designed to support the roll-out of publicly accessible, fast-charging for sports clubs and communities across the island of Ireland.
Jan 24, 2023 - 01:30 pm
Ireland launches first all electric bus service
Athlone, located in central Ireland around 100 kilometres west of Dublin, will become Ireland’s first city with an all-electric city bus fleet. From this Sunday, 29 January 2023, all bus operations in Athlone will be switched to eleven Enviro200EV electric solo buses supplied by BYD-ADL.
Dec 5, 2022 - 01:21 pm
Irish Rail orders electric trains for DART+ from Alstom
Alstom has received a further order from Irish Rail, locally known as Iarnród Éireann (IE), for 18 more battery-electric trains under an existing framework agreement. It is part of a greater plan to procure up to 750 electric rail cars for the new regional DART+ network set to open in the Dublin area in 2025.
Dec 1, 2022 - 02:48 pm
Ireland launches commercial EV fleet trial nationwide
The Department of Transport and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) have launched the Commercial Fleet Trial as planned. Businesses will be trialling fully electric vehicles to see how they can work for their business to save money and emissions.
Nov 14, 2022 - 02:27 pm
Ireland to get ultra-rapid charging hubs by SSE
Irish utility SSE Airtricity is investing €35 mn in installing 30 high-power charging hubs across Ireland over the next four years. Parent company SSE, a British energy group, plans 300 such hubs in the UK and Ireland by 2027.
Oct 31, 2022 - 03:57 pm
Translink orders 100 electric buses from Wrightbus
Northern Ireland bus operator Translink has ordered 100 electric buses from Wrightbus – including 60 for the Belfast Metro Network and 40 for the Ulsterbus network operating outside Belfast. All the new electric buses are due to start operating in summer 2024.
Aug 30, 2022 - 04:11 pm
ESB launches e-bike sharing pilot in Dublin
Irish energy supplier ESB has launched an e-bike pilot project in Dublin called ESB eBikes. The trial will run for ten months and includes 112 bikes with 14 charging stations in some of Dublin’s busiest commuter locations. ESB also won experienced partners.
Jul 24, 2022 - 12:29 pm
Ireland boosts the uptake of EVs with new measures
Ireland’s Department of Transport announced a suite of grants and initiatives to support greater adoption of electric vehicles. These include home charging initiatives, a register for smart chargers, as well as a commercial vehicle program for businesses and organisations to trial electric commercial vehicles.
Jun 14, 2022 - 05:15 pm
Jörg Hofmann leaves LEVC and joins Wrightbus
In the UK, Jörg Hofmann is leaving the London Electric Vehicle Company, which belongs to the Geely Group. From the 1 July Hofmann is to train his successor, Alex Nan, until the end of August. Jörg Hofmann will then join the Northern Irish bus manufacturer Wrightbus as CEO in September.
Jun 14, 2022 - 04:03 pm
Ireland orders up to 800 Wrightbus electric buses
The National Transport Authority (NTA) of Ireland has entered into a framework agreement with Wrightbus for the supply of up to 800 battery-electric double-decker buses over a five-year period. Under this agreement, 120 StreetDeck Electroliners have already been placed on firm order.
Jun 1, 2022 - 03:47 pm
EB Charging to install 600 EV chargers at Q-Park facilities
Parking space operator Q-Park has announced a deal with EB Charging (formerly Electric Blue, now owned by Blink Charging). They aim to roll out nearly 600 charging points across 80 sites in the UK and Ireland. These will add to existing charge points in their facilities.
Feb 16, 2022 - 04:06 pm
Juice Technology expands into the UK and Ireland
The Swiss charging infrastructure provider Juice Technology is expanding into the UK and Ireland. The company has founded the London-based subsidiary Juice UK and Ireland Ltd for this purpose that will start off with a four-person sales team.
Feb 13, 2022 - 01:42 pm
Zenobe sets up £241m for EV fleet expansion
UK electric vehicle fleet and battery storage provider Zenobe has established a multi-source debt structure of £241 million to accelerate the expansion of the EV fleet sector. The company aims to initially service and finance up to 430 new electric buses in the UK and Ireland.
Feb 8, 2022 - 03:26 pm
Ireland provides funding for electric taxis
The Irish government has announced the re-launch of the electric vehicle taxi scheme, with a funding pot of €15 million allocated by the Department of Transport for 2022. The grants will enable owners of small public service vehicles, such as taxis, to buy electric vehicles.
Dec 20, 2021 - 01:55 pm
Vertical Aerospace shares take-off since listing on NYSE
Britain’s electric air taxi startup Vertical Aerospace made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday after a blank-check SPAC deal valued at $2.2 billion got the go-ahead. It injects the company with 300 million in cash and has Vertical Aerospace looking to set up shop, perhaps in Ireland.
Nov 16, 2021 - 12:00 pm
Polestar wants to double market reach by 2023
The electric car brand Polestar aims to increase its annual sales to 290,000 vehicles by the end of 2025 with expansion in existing and new markets and the introduction of three new models. By the end of 2023, Polestar should already be present in 30 markets – currently there are 14.
Nov 11, 2021 - 04:41 pm
Saint-Gobain to install 4,500 Rolec charge points
Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland – one of the UK’s largest manufacturers and distributors of building solutions – has signed a partnership with the charging manufacturer Rolec to support the delivery of a network of 1,000 charge points across Saint-Gobain’s sites, offices and retail branches over the next 5 years.
Nov 8, 2021 - 12:43 pm
Ireland wants 1 million EVs on the road by 2030
The Irish government has presented a climate protection plan that also includes targets for electrification in the transport sector. A total of almost one million electric vehicles are to be on the country’s roads by 2030.
Oct 20, 2021 - 04:35 pm
Ireland announces EV subsidy programme details for 2022
Ireland’s Department of Transport announced details of electric car subsidies in the coming year: 100 million euros will be made available for this purpose in 2022, almost twice as much as in 2021. Purchase subsidies for fully electric cars and vans will continue at existing levels.
Oct 18, 2021 - 04:02 pm
EasyGo secures €15m for charging across Ireland
The electric vehicle charge point operator EasyGo has secured 15 million euros of funding. This should enable the company to grow its charge point network across the Irish Republic and expand into Northern Ireland.