The Climate Action Plan, published in June, sets out a range of actions to support the delivery of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. These actions include developing the electric vehicle charging network necessary to support the growth of EVs and set a target for the supply of infrastructure to stay sufficiently ahead of demand.
Businesses, including service stations, can already avail of accelerated capital allowances for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This enables businesses to invest in energy efficient equipment, including electric charging infrastructure, and write down the cost of such equipment in the year of purchase rather than over 8 years.
Projects that involve the provision of fast charging were eligible to apply under the first call for applications by the Climate Action Fund. ESB ecars were successful in this process and will receive up to €10m support for the development of the public charging network including new fast chargers - many of which may be located at service stations. As set out in the Climate Action Plan, the provision of fast chargers will be eligible to apply under the next call for applications under the Climate Action Fund.
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government is in the process of transposing the latest revisions to the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive which, by March 2020 at the latest, will set the following requirements:
- New residential buildings (and those undergoing major renovation) with more than ten parking spaces will be required to install ducting to provide for the future installation of charge points in all parking spaces.
- New non-residential buildings (and those undergoing major renovation) with more than ten parking spaces will be required to install at least one charge point and ducting to provide for the future installation of charge points in at least one in every five parking spaces.
- From 2025, all non-residential buildings with more than twenty parking spaces will be required to install a minimum number of charge points.