This week Galway Bay FM looked at the importance of charging Electric Vehicles at off-peak times with John Weldon, Emobility Manager with Garo Electric
Did you know…
- Electric vehicle charge points, also known as charging stations or EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment), provide the necessary infrastructure for charging electric vehicles.
- Charge points come in different types, including Level 1 (120V), Level 2 (240V), and DC fast charging (typically 480V or higher). The charging speed and compatibility vary depending on the type of charge point.
- Charge points are typically equipped with different connector types, such as Type 1 (J1772), Type 2 (Mennekes), and CHAdeMO, to accommodate various electric vehicle models.
- Charge points can be found in various locations, including public places like parking lots, shopping centers, and rest areas, as well as private residences and workplaces.
- Many charge points are equipped with smart features, allowing users to monitor charging progress, access payment options, and even schedule charging sessions through mobile apps or RFID cards.
Why is charging EV’s at off-peak times so important?
- It often means lower electricity rates, helping you save on charging costs.
- It helps distribute the demand for electricity, reducing strain on the power grid.
- It also can align with renewable energy generation, maximizing the use of clean energy sources.
- With fewer people charging, you may experience faster charging speeds during off-peak hours.
- It further means you can have your electric vehicle ready for use when you need it without waiting for others to finish charging.
What can I do to help support efforts to charge EV’s at off-peak times?
- Spread awareness about the benefits of electric vehicles and help debunk common misconceptions to encourage more people to consider making the switch.
- Advocate for the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure in your community, such as requesting more charging stations in public areas or supporting initiatives to install charging points at workplaces.
- If you’re in the market for a new car, consider purchasing an electric vehicle to support the market demand and contribute to the growth of the EV industry.
- Power your electric vehicle with renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind, to minimize your carbon footprint and maximize the environmental benefits of driving an EV.
- Share your positive experiences with electric vehicles on social media or with friends and family to inspire others to make the transition to EVs.
Here’s a few websites if you want to know more!
- Garo Electric https://www.garoelectric.com/?https://www.garoelectric.com/&gclid=Cj0KCQjwi7GnBhDXARIsAFLvH4mJfGNacoClW8RCOqnL2bc6kzXtexDFOfWvgMk-pdvwV8Q1_ILOqz4aAjZrEALw_wcB
- International Energy Agency https://www.iea.org/energy-system/transport/electric-vehicles
- SEAI https://www.seai.ie/technologies/electric-vehicles/