Our History

Here is the timeline of our milestones and meetings since we formed in 2016.

Timeline

2020
December 21 2020

NI Headed for 100% Year on Year EV Growth

Press Release
Another milestone as we publish figures showing NI is headed for a 100% growth of plugin car registration over the previous year and we send out our first press release to local media, MLAs and stakeholders
October 27 2020

We Meet NIE Networks MD Paul Stapleton

We Meet NIE Networks MD Paul Stapleton
We continue to hold meetings with various stakeholders on behalf of EV drivers in Northern Ireland, this time with the Managing Director of NIE Networks, Paul Stapleton. We learn that unlike GB or RoI, NIE Networks has to pass on the entire cost of bringing an electricity supply to a new site, meaning that many private operators do not see NI sites as commercially viable.
October 13 2020

We Meet Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon

We Meet Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon
After 9 months of trying NIEVO finally gets a Zoom meeting with the Minister for Infrastructure, Nichola Mallon. We raise a long list of concerns with the Minsiter. The same day funding from the EU’s INTERREG Programme is announced for 20+ new Rapid Chargers, doubling the current DC network.
October 5 2020

Nichola Mallon Announces Planning Changes for EV Recharging Infrastructure

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon announced her intention to change certain planning rules, effectively solving the issue surrounding ESBs planned charger replacement program.
July 14 2020

We Talk to ESB Again about Replacement Chargers

ESB PLanning Issues
Only 3 of the promised 33 chargers have been replaced so far. We contact ESB who tell us that planning issues are stopping them from completing the work.
March 31 2020

Maximum Resale Price Issue Solved

The Utility Regulator publishes their decision on the Maximum Resale Price (MRP) as it applies to Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, solving the issue.
2019
November 17 2019

We Publish EV Charging Point League Tables for Northern Ireland Councils

Northern Ireland EV Chargers By Council Area - Map
We publish a ranking of all of NI’s 11 Super Councils in order of number of chargers per 100,000 population. We tweet results to all councils and email every coucillor in Lisburn which is bottom of the tables.
November 13 2019

We Attend Action Renewables Transport Event

Action Renewable Transport event - Lisburn
We attend the Action Renewables Transport Event at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn which included a presentation by Sebastian Street of GRIDSERVE, on EV charging forecourts.
October 11 2019

We Meet with the NI Utility Regulator

Utility Regulator
We met with NI’s Utility Regulator in Belfast to call for a speedy resolution to the on-going ‘Maximum Resale Price’ that is one of the issues that’s been holding up investment in Northern Ireland’s public charging infrastructure.
October 6 2019

BBC Uses NIEVO for TV Newsline Piece on EVs

BBC Interviews NIEVO Members
The BBC contacted NIEVO and we quickly arranged a get together at Shane Retail Park in Belfast so they could film owners talking about their EV experience.
September 19 2019

We Attend the Action Renewables Transport Roundtable

NIEVO at the Action Renewable Roundtable on Transport
We attend the Action Renewables Transport Roundtable to represent the interests of NIEVO members and discuss the challenges and opportunities for renewable transport in Northern Ireland.
July 28 2019

Meet at Stormont Hotel

NIEVO Meet at the Stormont Hotel
Our biggest turn out yet as we met at the Stormont Hotel in Belfast on a wet July day to look at their recently installed chargers.
May 23 2019

Meet with ESB – 33 Replacement ACs Promised

Charging EV
Our latest face to face meeting with ESB is held outside Belfast. At last some positive news as they tell us they will be commencing a replacement programme for 33 of the AC chargers around the province.
2018
September 17 2018

NIEVO Attends NIE Networks Workshop

NIE Networks Workshop
We attend the “Greater Access to the Distribution Network in Northern Ireland” workshop in Belfast. Run by NIE Networks for stakeholders, the day long event takes a look at future requirements for our electricity network.
June 28 2018

Ask ESB for Update on Long Term Charger Issues

Broken EV Charger - Belfast
In our latest contact with ESB we submit a list of the public chargers with the worst long term outages and request information and action to resolve.
June 15 2018

We Meet the eCar NI Team in Belfast

NIEVO Meeting with eCar NI
We sat down with David Strain (ecar Project Manager) and John Starkey in Belfast to relay the issues affecting NIEVO members, particularly around the public charging network.
June 9 2018

Fully Charged Live 2018

Fully Charged Live 2018
Representatives from NIEVO attended the inaugural Fully Charged Live event at Silverstone
May 9 2018

Meet at Solmatix Renewables

Arbarr Battery at the Harvey Group, Belfast
In our latest group meet we investigated the Solar PV system and battery storage setup at Solmatix HQ outside Belfast
May 3 2018

Discussions with eCarNI Team

Volvo PHEV Charging in Belfast
We talk to the eCar Project Manager in Belfast, David Strain and relayed the ongoing issues around the state of the public charging network.
2017
December 5 2017

Fifth Group Meet

NIEVO Meeting #4
Around a dozen of us met at the rapid at Applegreen’s Templepatrick again to discuss the state of the network.
December 2 2017

We Call on ESB to Improve the Network

Out of Service Map
As winter set in, December 2017 was a new low for the public charging network with chargers offline across the province. We once again contact ESB to ask for urgent action.
June 27 2017

Meet at Lightsource Renewable Energy Solar Farm

Meet at Lightsource Renewable Energy Solar Farm
For our third NIEVO group meeting we visited the Lightsource solar farm near Crumlin. This 4.83 MWp facility provides power to the nearby Aldergrove Airport.
April 24 2017

First Meeting with ESB

First Meeting with ESB
Our first face to face meeeting with ESB was held at the Sprucefield Rapid Charger. Gareth Davis, General Manager of ESB eCars along with Commercial Manager Deirdre Arthur and Infrastructure Engineer Joe Mooney travelled from Dublin to meet our members.
2016
December 1 2016

First NIEVO Meet

First NIEVO Meet
Around a dozen of us held the first meeting at the rapid charger equiped Applegreens Templepatrick.
November 13 2016

NIEVO Formed

NIEVO Formed
The Northern Ireland Electric Vehicle Owners (NIEVO) is formed by 2 EV enthusiasts. There are around 1,300 plugin vehicles in NI.