Ireland Gets Single Payment System for EV Charging

By · October 12, 2012

Smart and convenient IT charging project for Ireland's electric vehicles

Anyone taking a road trip in a plug-in electric vehicle in the United States will likely encounter charging stations from multiple vendors, which require either signing up for several payment cards or paying higher rates to use a credit card. Drivers in Ireland don't have this hassle anymore, as the country now has a single payment system.

Ireland's Electricity Supply Board (ESB), which oversees the power grid, has teamed with IBM to implement a smart charging platform that enables drivers to roam across utility service territories and pay for electricity using one card. IBM manages the IT infrastructure for Ireland, which provides data to grid operators about the impact of EV power consumption. Sharing this data benefits consumers by simplifying the payment for and monitoring of EV charging, and helps utilities by anticipating potential pain points in the distribution grid where frequent daytime charging could add to peak energy demand.

IBM's cloud-based Intelligent Electric Vehicle Enablement Platform is built on the company's Smart Cities technologies and will manage the data flow from the nearly 1,000 charging spots currently installed in Ireland. By 2020 Ireland is expected to have nearly 40,000 charging locations in public and residential locations, according to Pike Research's recently published report, Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Europe. Ireland will have greater penetration of PEVs than the United States, thanks in part to this streamlined system.

Annual EV Supply Equipment and PEV Sales in Ireland, 2012-2020

Annual EV Supply Equipment and PEV Sales in Ireland, 2012-2020

(Source: Pike Research)

Ireland is part of the European Union's Green eMotion project for insuring interoperability of PEVs, charging equipment, and the grid. Ireland has ambitious goals for integrating both electric vehicles and renewable energy as part of the country's emissions reduction strategy. Like Ireland, the government of Portugal has also established a single payment system for EV charging.

Many of the large cloud computing companies, including IBM, SAP, Microsoft, and Oracle, see harvesting and managing data from PEVs and charging infrastructure as a considerable revenue opportunity. The charging of electric vehicles has the potential to overload transformers or extend peak demand, and utilities are beginning to take an interest in acquiring this data. Spending on managing electric vehicle data across Western Europe could reach $297 million by 2015, according to Pike Research's report, Electric Vehicle Information Technology Systems.


· · 5 years ago

This won't work for many bevs like the one from tesla for exemple that have a different plug. Where tesla gonna sell their model s except in u.s.a where they installed compatible solar chargers. What will happen at night if someone need a recharge at a tesla solar recharging station.

Now that they have a standard payment method in ireland, do they have a homologated standardized tested adapted unique fitting connector that adapt to all bevs that will show-up in the future.

· · 5 years ago

I'm going to guess that there aren't too many (if any) Teslas cruising around Ireland, gorr. If they make it over there, I'm sure Elon Musk will get 2 or 3 of his Supercharger stations set up to accommodate them. One of the European contributors here will know, but I think there is a similar Level 2 standard plug as we see with J1772 over here.

Charging at night is no more an issue over there than it is in the US. My guess is that as Ireland modernizes its grid, they'll invest in offshore wind turbines, so they have an even more 24/7-ready renewable source than most.

· Volume Van (not verified) · 5 years ago

Ireland is a small island nation, and they can easily fill their entire nation with a network of EV charging stations. Infact their govt can design a small 4 seater plugin and allow people to buy it and automatically others will follow. Soon they can get rid of petro fuels.

· · 5 years ago

@gorr honestly, don't you have anything better to do than troll this blog? If you had your facts straight that would be one thing, but the way you spew misinformation and use faulty logic ongoing is just a waste of everyone's time.

· Bill Howland (not verified) · 5 years ago

Yeah, I'm not sure if they use the J1772 standard, the German 3 phase DIN standard, or some third thing. Too bad the article doesn't get into specifics. There's plenty of room to elaborate.

Gorr finally has a point in indirectly wishing for more 'down to brass tacks' information. So do I.

· Bill Howland (not verified) · 5 years ago

I'll answer my own question. Went on an Irish Website and grabbed a picture.. Apparently at least Toyota has standardized on SAE J1772 for Ireland.

· Spec (not verified) · 5 years ago

"What will happen at night if someone need a recharge at a tesla solar recharging station."

LOL. I can't believe I just read that.

That's not the way . . . oh never mind.

· · 5 years ago

I could be wrong but I would have thought as the european standard is 220-240V every house has level 2 standard anyway. Wouldn't most people just plug in to their normal plug at home and not really worry that much about a level 2 external infrastructure.

When I lived in Scotland which is a similar size to Ireland and I have travelled around Ireland as well the driving distances were normally quite short. Driving even 60km in Scotland was regarded as quite a long drive. There is a service station for instance about half way between Glasgow and Edinburgh and people used to stop there all the time for lunch/breaks and it's only 74km/46 miles between these 2 cities. Going between those 2 cities was generally regarded as a day trip.

I can remember after I had moved to Australia coming back and driving to Edinburgh late in the afternoon to buy some jeans and my mother thought I was crazy. She has probably only been to Edinburgh 30 times in her life.

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