Is NI Ready for EV? With Mark McCall from EV Association NI

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In this in-car episode of the Sold as Seen Podcast, we take to Northern Ireland’s roads in a Tesla Model 3, and chat to Mark McCall from the EV Association NI about the real world challenges of EV ownership in the province, the state of charging infrastructure here.

We also attempt to dispel myths about EV ownership. It can be done. Finally, at the last minute we also added in the audio from our YouTube review of the Model 3 itself.

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Show Notes

If you want to find out more about the EV Association NI see evani.uk

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Andy is the founding member of RMS, and when he's not following motoring events around the UK and Ireland he can be found on the track (sideways, having competed in top level drifting for a decade), or of course he'll be on the forum.

RMS Forum Comments

Big Pimp replied at 19:39, Tue 01 Feb, 2022
Halfway through listening now and you both are coming across really well. A very interesting podcast
Cooper replied at 20:03, Tue 01 Feb, 2022
Nerding out in EV land. Back to reality in the next show!
Crxpete replied at 22:13, Thu 03 Feb, 2022
Got caught up with the last few episodes today while I was out touring the province doing maintenance on EV Chargers on some government sites.... and surprise surprise the majority of them are in fault!! A roll out is coming to have them all replaced though, no sign of any DC chargers..... I'm assuming due to the expense/premium they hold is the main reason. Was an interesting listen though and over the last 2 months we have seen a massive uptake/queries in to EV charging.... We've priced for some interesting sites, will update as the orders come in as some companies have spec'd for DC charges for pay as you go. If anyone on the site needs any advice on chargers or chargers installed give me a shout and ill see what discount I can pass on
StevenMc29 replied at 01:08, Mon 07 Feb, 2022
Great pods gents. Listened to the two most recent yesterday and today whilst driving my Standard Range Plus. The indicator in the background had me looking down at the screen a good few times ? Is there an up to date list for all events coming up? Trackdays, racedays, cars & coffee, shows, etc. Had a look but only seems to be one on it for 2022 (Chrome on Android). Cheers and keep up the good work. Looking forward hearing the guests you mentioned coming up!
Cooper replied at 07:58, Mon 07 Feb, 2022
| Great pods gents. Listened to the two most recent yesterday and today whilst driving my Standard Range Plus. The indicator in the background had me looking down at the screen a good few times ? Is there an up to date list for all events coming up? Trackdays, racedays, cars & coffee, shows, etc. Had a look but only seems to be one on it for 2022 (Chrome on Android). Cheers and keep up the good work. Looking forward hearing the guests you mentioned coming up!
? sorry about that I just lifted the audio from our vid from driving around. The events section will be getting an overhaul shortly and I’ll get as many events up as I know about!
Rocko replied at 09:21, Mon 07 Feb, 2022
Enjoyed that. The public charger numbers in NI are both disappointing and infuriating.
FM155 replied at 12:26, Mon 07 Feb, 2022
Sure the assembly will get it sorted. (y) Oh, wait, errrrrrr, nope.
Graham replied at 14:29, Mon 07 Feb, 2022
I was chatting to a chap recently involved in the building of a new fuel station with associated mini-supermarket, and when i asked if they were planning to put in any sort of decent EV charging, with a suitable fee to use, the reply was worrying. NIE have been struggling to get enough juice to the site to run their freezers and pumps and everything else, never mind decent EV charging. I assume huge investment in an electric sub-station or would be required or such likes, and maybe explains why a brand-new station that opened beside me last year has zero EV infra built-in, despite the fact that I live in a seaside town that gets a fair bit of traffic during caravan season. With the sporadic nature of my work, i know for sure that i will be in an ICE vehicle for a very long time. And until prices of new EV's sort themselves out, there isn't a hope in hell our 2nd car could be an EV any time soon.
FM155 replied at 14:48, Mon 07 Feb, 2022
I think a lot of people will be in a similar situation tbh.
Crxpete replied at 22:52, Mon 07 Feb, 2022
| I was chatting to a chap recently involved in the building of a new fuel station with associated mini-supermarket, and when i asked if they were planning to put in any sort of decent EV charging, with a suitable fee to use, the reply was worrying. NIE have been struggling to get enough juice to the site to run their freezers and pumps and everything else, never mind decent EV charging. I assume huge investment in an electric sub-station or would be required or such likes, and maybe explains why a brand-new station that opened beside me last year has zero EV infra built-in, despite the fact that I live in a seaside town that gets a fair bit of traffic during caravan season. With the sporadic nature of my work, i know for sure that i will be in an ICE vehicle for a very long time. And until prices of new EV's sort themselves out, there isn't a hope in hell our 2nd car could be an EV any time soon.
Yes NIE is a stumbling block for many and the restrictions they are putting in is laughable. We are currently working with a few companies looking at EV charging stations with BESS (Battery Energy Storage System) backed up with solar….. the numbers to do this are big but it’s only a matter of time before someone pulls the trigger