Our latest guest comes from across the pond, Ireland to be exact. Graham Brennan is responsible for the development and management of SEAI’s Electric Vehicle (EV) programmes which have disbursed €74m in support to help establish the current market of over 35,000 EVs on Irish roads. He was a member of the Government’s Low Emission Vehicles (LEV) Task Force which developed the key policies in place today underpinning the development of the EV market in Ireland. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the IEA HEV Technology Collaboration Programme.
Previously Graham was responsible for running the Ocean Energy and RE Research & Development programmes within SEAI providing support for the first installations of wave energy, biomass and biofuel technology demonstrators in Ireland amongst others.
Before joining SEAI, Graham worked for Rolls-Royce Aero Engines on turbine design in Derby, UK and prior to that he worked in the offshore oil and gas sector in Aberdeen.
Graham holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from National University of Ireland, Galway and a Masters degree in Thermal Power from Cranfield University in England.
In this episode, we cover several key topics including:
Life as a Transport Program Manager (SEAI) [3:05 – 4:10]
SEAI sales report [4:16 – 4:38]
EU car maker regulation(s) [6:13 – 8:07]
EV classifications in Ireland [8:07 – 8:47]
Where’s Ireland in EV adoption? [8:47 – 10:50]
Graham’s take on the electric F150 [11:50 – 12:18]
An LA visit recap and thoughts on U.S. EV efforts [12:30 – 14:42]
EV pop-up events and fleets [14:44 – 15:08]
ICEs and total cost comparisons [15:20 – 16:11]
U.S. advantages [16:15 – 16:55]
Fast chargers vs. Level 2 EVSE [17:00 – 17:55]
Home charging popularity in Ireland [18:00 – 18:57]
Serviceability and reliability [19:00 – 20:11]
Energy Authority of Ireland [20:13 – 21:44]
Charging infrastructure standards [21:45 – 23:20]
Startup vehicle companies [23:46 – 24:46]
Vehicle importers and EV Supply [24:57- 26:26]
Avgerage installation costs in Ireland [26:36 – 27:25]
Managing peak power [27:29 – 27:55]
V2G and home energy management systems [27:56 – 29:24]
What keeps Graham up at night? [29:26 – 30:09]
Most memorable EV milestone achievement [30:09 – 33:02]
One last funny story [33:05 – 33:46]
Resources mentioned in this article:
- More on SEAI
- Learn more about EV charging and CCS Standard in Ireland
- The Worldwide Harmonised Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)
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