With pressure on most governments to act on climate change and the Irish Government’s target to have 950,000 electric vehicles on our roads by 2030, there are major changes on the horizon for homebuilders.
In response to the government’s commitments and the new European Union Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) coming into force, most local authorities appear to be specifying that electric vehicle (EV) charge points are included in new developments.
What is GOcharge?
GOcharge operates a reliable and convenient car charging network throughout Ireland for EV drivers
With the vast majority of EV charging expected to take place at home, GOcharge offers a fully managed service for residents and management companies. Its objective is to make EV charging as straightforward as possible. GOcharge understands that in today’s housing market, EV charging is not necessary for everyone, but for some, it is a priority.
Sharon O’Brien, Director, GOcharge, explains, “We have simplified the process to ensure that residents and management companies are not burdened with installation, maintenance, load management between vehicles charging simultaneously or working out the billing of electricity consumed by the EV chargers. We take care of everything.”
GOcharge was recently tasked with providing a solution to Alanna Homes for a new apartment block in Clonsilla, Dublin. The local authority specified that at least four spaces in the car park should be serviced to allow for EV charging. Initially, a site survey was carried out and discussed with the developer based on the local authority specification. A location was selected based on the Maximum Import Capacity (MIC) and the power available to run the unit while ensuring that additional units can be added easily as demand dictates.
Sharon O’Brien adds, “In this instance, we provided a ‘hands-off’ solution to the management company. Once the installation is complete, the tenants simply download the GOcharge mobile app and register their account. Residents only pay for their charging sessions, and the management company is reimbursed for the electricity. We provide 24/7 customer support and maintain the charging station on the GOcharge network.”
Gordon Tobin, Senior Quantity Surveyor, Alanna Homes, says about GOcharge – “This is the ideal solution for us as we are fully compliant with our planning conditions. Residents have the benefits of EV charging, and GOcharge operates and maintains the charging station, so the management company do not have any day-to-day responsibility for its operation.”
The future of EV charging
Looking to the future and bearing in mind Government commitments on the environment, EV charging will be a pre-requisite of all new builds, both commercial and residential.
Sharon O Brien explains, “We have invested heavily in our technology, which is based on the leading European EV charge-point platform. Our system enables smart charging and is fully automated from the hardware we use to the software that runs our EV charging network. All our hardware is connected and future-proofed. We are confident we have a complete solution for housebuilders.”
To learn more, visit www.gocharge.ie