IBM has teamed with ESB ecars, a key players in the development and support of electric cars in Ireland, to implement an IT system that will help manage electric vehicle public charge points, which are being rolled out across the country.
The system will allow electric vehicle (EV) drivers to access, charge and pay using one identification card. This smart charging capability allows consumers to charge their vehicles anywhere at anytime, regardless of their electricity provider and without the need to carry multiple access cards. Additionally, drivers will have the option to use a mobile device or browser to locate the nearest charge post, check its availability and make a reservation, if the post is available.
With approximately 1,000 public charging-points currently available, ESB Networks is on track to deliver one of the largest integrated and operational electric vehicle infrastructures in Europe. IBM's Intelligent Electric Vehicle Enablement Platform will provide the services to operate and manage the charge-points.
This project is bolstered by Ireland's energy policy to increase sustainable energy use in the transportation sector by 2020. The goal is to have electric vehicles represent every tenth car on Irish roads.
Review: This is the sort of IT involvement in electric vehicles that I mentioned last week. Let’s hope Toyota’s decision to back away from pure electric vehicles and focus on hybrids doesn’t hit this Irish project.