Ireland's High Power EV Charging Network
The Climate Action Fund is one of four funds established by the Irish Government under the National Development Plan 2018-2027 as part of Project Ireland 2040. The fund supports initiatives that contribute to the achievement of Ireland's climate and energy targets in a cost-effective manner.
ESB has qualified for €10m in funding from the Climate Action Fund with ESB matching it with a further €10m. This funding is to undertake a comprehensive programme to expand and enhance the public charging network across Ireland to help meet the expected growth of electric vehicles in the coming years.
ESB is assessing suitable sites on motorways and national road networks, with the aim of delivering over fifty high power (50-150kW) charging hubs. These hubs will be capable of charging between 2-8 vehicles simultaneously and can provide up to 100km of driving range in as little as six minutes. Final sites will be based on a range of factors including current charge point usage, traffic volume, accessibility, amenities and grid capacity. The project will run from 2019 to 2023 with the first hub site going live in 2020.
Below is an artist impression of an ESB eight vehicle high power hub site.
As part of the Climate Action Fund, subject to planning permission and approval, ESB ecars intend to replace 50 existing standard 22kW AC chargers with quicker 50kW DC fast chargers, which can recharge a car to 80 percent in as little as 30 minutes. On top of this ESB will also be replacing over 200 standard (22kW) AC chargers with new more reliable chargers. This work began in October 2019 and over 120 chargers have been replaced all across Ireland. A full list of the replacement charger locations can be found below.
The replacement programme will continue over the next few months so keep an eye out for our chargers on your travels. The photo below shows a number of our new look replacement chargers at different locations around Ireland.