D4.5: eMobility in Limerick DPEB Implementation Guide

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The deliverable D4.5: eMobility in Limerick DPEB Implementation Guide was submitted by GoCar Ireland in July 2023 with contributions from LCCC, ESB, ESBN and FourC. The executive summary of the deliverable is available below and the full deliverable is at the end for download:

“This report describes and details:

  • The implementation of the +CityxChange Limerick project demonstrates Seamless eMobility, including an eMaaS scheme with proposed V2G integration in Limerick City.
  • The different actors involved, their roles and responsibilities and the proposed
    electric Car Sharing scheme and its vehicles deployed.
  • The barriers encountered which prevented full implementation of the task.
  • Important experiences and learning points.

eMobility as a Service (eMaaS) is a concept that involves the use of technology to support integration and multi-modal electric vehicle travel. It represents the transition away from depending on personally-owned transport to a model based on mobility provided as a Service. eMaaS hubs create additional e-mobility types for users with the inclusion of electric bike share and in some markets also electric scooters (while currently e-scooters are not legislated for in Limerick or Ireland yet).

The addition of V2G chargers at the eMaaS hubs would allow EV car sharing to utilise additional discharging capabilities of compatible EVs such as the Nissan Leaf. Discharging multiple EV car share Nissan Leaf’s could contribute with energy, capacity, and flexibility to the local markets and Positive Energy Blocks (PEBs) in Limerick.

Based on the Seamless eMobility system developed by +CityxChange partner FourC with first rollout in Trondheim, the app backend as well as the frontend was developed and expanded to include all public bus and train timetables as well as GoCar locations for Limerick. The FourC backend is a functioning MaaS platform as of today.

Different locations were reviewed for locating eMaaS hubs and V2G charger. With many different private and public bodies associated with each proposed site, getting the required approval from each body was extremely difficult and hubs did not materialise. Learnings are informing Limerick’s EV strategy currently in development.

An e-Mobility hub without a V2G charger was created in the grounds of University Limerick (UL). UL and GoCar agreed to locate a shared Hyundai Kona with a 64 kWh battery at one of UL’s car parks already equipped with an ESB 22kW Type 2 / AC43 dual port electric vehicle charge point. The shared EV is available to the public since February 2023 and will be until the end of the project.

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