EV Charging Update Motion 28/2/2023

February 28, 2023


Tuesday, February 28, 2023
MOTION: Councillor L. O’Toole
This committee requests the Chief Executive to provide an update to members in regard to the EV charging points, given that many existing and new residents are facing daily challenges with new electric cars and EV charge points in particular when they are in a management company set up.
Current publicly hosted EV charging portals indicate that there are 36 publicly available EV charge points in South Dublin at 17 locations. These are a mix of fast (50-150kW) charging and regular (22kW) charging points. Additional charging points are also available at privately operated facilities with restricted or curtailed services. There are applications and queries from the private sector to develop additional fast charging hubs in the County.

South Dublin County Council, in collaboration with the other DLAs published the Dublin Regional EV charging Strategy in 2022. The strategy identifies a range of types of EV charging services required across the County to keep up with demand up to 2030. The services include Destination Charging, On-Route Charging, Residential Charging and Rapid Hub Charging.
The strategy recognises international evidence indicates that between 75% and 80% of EV charging is carried out at the home through a domestic supply. It also noted that an equivalent level of households in South Dublin have off street parking that can facilitate domestic charging.
A series of stakeholder engagement workshops conducted in parallel to the development of the strategy identified that a significant level of investment from public and private sector including ESB Networks and Department of Transport is required to deliver a high-quality public service to meet the growing demand and to support confidence in the technology.

In 2022, the Minister for Transport launched Zero Emissions Vehicles Ireland (ZEVI) a section within the Department of Transport to facilitate the roll out of EV chargers across the Country. ZEVI will work with Local Authorities to provide guidance and funding to deliver EV charging equipment at public locations. ZEVI will also work closely with the SEAI to support the provision of grant aid towards the purchase of EVs and towards the installation of domestic EV Smart Chargers.

Grants are available through the SEAI for apartment blocks or multi-unit developments where management companies are present. The grant is designed for bulk installation of chargers at a single location, and supports cabling, infrastructure, labour and construction. Owners, management companies, housing bodies, LAs and commercial and private landlords can apply.
More detailed information can be found at the following link:
SDCC is working with the other DLAs and CoDEMA, our Energy Management Agency, to deliver a pilot project of public EV charging equipment at publicly owned and accessible locations. SDCC has identified suitable locations at our parks, offices, libraries and sports facilities, at on-street and residential locations for phase one of the pilot.
The delivery of the project will be tendered across the Dublin Region with support from CoDEMA. The project will be delivered in separate lots, including:
1. Installing underground ducting and groundworks. Funding of up to 90% of this will be available through grants from ZEVI, subject to suitability of selected site. The remaining cost will be covered by each LA. Ownership of the underground services will remain with the LA.
2. Engaging with private sector operators to deliver overground EV charging equipment, electricity supply, and account management software for a fixed term. The details of this tender process are currently being reviewed.
SDCC are also currently engaging with developers to deliver publicly available EV charging equipment through the planning process. Ongoing developments are required to ensure that 10-20% of parking spaces have EV charging equipment available for public use.

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