Graham Brennan Discusses EV Adoption in Ireland and EU Standardization

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:

  1. More on SEAI
  2. Learn more about EV charging and CCS Standard in Ireland
  3. The Worldwide Harmonised Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP)

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