Where can I charge my EV?
The majority of EV's are charged at home or at work using a dedicated charge point or on the ESB public charging network which can be found at locations such as on-street, hotels and motorway service areas.
Charging your EV at home
How do I charge my EV at home?
The safest way to charge an EV at home is to use dedicated electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). This consists of an outdoor socket properly protected against rain and a residual current device type that is designed to handle DC pulses, as well as AC current. A separate circuit from the distribution board should be used to supply the EVSE. Extension leads should not be used, as even uncoiled; they are not intended to carry full rated current for lengthy periods.
Charging your EV on the ESB public charging network
There are currently over 1,350 public charge points available across the island of Ireland with over 300 of those located in Northern Ireland. These are at locations such as on-street, shopping centres, vehicle parks etc.
How do I find the closest charge point to me?
Information on the location and real-time availability status of charge points is provided through the ecar connect mobile app available from the Google Play and Apple app stores and on our charge point map on the website.
Are there different charging connectors at the public charging points for different types of EVs?
1. DC CHADEMO: This connector is used to charge Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi vehicles.
2. CCS COMBO: This connector is used to charge EVs such as BMW, Volkswagen, Hyundai etc.
3. AC 43: This connector is used to charge EV's such as the Renault Zoe.
I am a new EV driver. How do I sign up to use the ESB public fast charging network?
To sign up to use the ESB public charging network, create an account via the sign up form on our homepage.
How do I start and stop a charging session?
You can start and stop a charging session by using an ESB charge point access card or alternatively by using the ecar connect app following these steps;
1. Use the app to find your nearest ESB charge point (or ecarNI branded charger).
2. Select your charge point.
3. Select your connector type.
4. Follow the in-app instructions to start charging by swiping right.
5. Remember to check the app to ensure your car has started charging.
6. Keep an eye on the charger screen, chargers may vary, some may require you to press the start button on the charger itself.
7. Swipe left to stop the charge when you are finished.