Ireland's 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.
There are three different sections to the project, which are:
- Over 50 charging “hubs” throughout Ireland which can charge between 3-8 vehicles simultaneously
- The replacement of 50 Standard (AC) chargers with Fast (DC) chargers
- The replacement of over 200 unreliable Standard (AC) chargers
Progress to date
Over 50 x 3-8 vehicle charging hubs
A number of charging hubs have already been deployed and can be found:
- Between Junction 2 and 3, Kilcullen, Co Kildare (M9)
- Galway Plaza, Junction 6, Kiltullagh, Co Galway (M6)
- Portlaoise Plaza, Junction 17, Portlaoise (M7/8)
- Kells, Co Meath (M4),
- Kilmartin Service Station, Athlone (N6)
- Lunney's Service Station, Sligo Road, Carrick on Shannon (N4)
The charging configuration at these locations are 1x 44-50KW and 1x 150KW and capable of charging up to 3 vehicles simultaneously.
Further hub locations planned include:
- Mullingar, Co Westmeath
- Oranmore, Co Galway
- Lahey, Co Donegal
- Junction 14, Mayfield
ESB is continuing to assess other suitable sites on motorways and national road networks, with the aim of delivering over fifty high power (50-150kW) charging hubs. These hubs can provide up to 100km of driving range in as little as six minutes. Final sites are based on a range of factors including current charge point usage, traffic volume, accessibility, amenities and grid capacity. More site locations will be announced in the coming months. The project will run until 2023.
Below is the high power charger located in Kilcullen, Co. Kildare.
The replacement of 50 Standard (AC) chargers with Fast (DC) chargers
In addition, 50 existing Standard (AC) chargers are being replaced with Fast (DC) chargers. This allows cars which cannot avail of the higher AC charging rates to get faster charging through DC. It also enables the quick roll out of fast chargers in large towns and cities throughout Ireland.
These fast chargers are a different type of fast charger on the network. They can provide up to 44kW on CHAdeMO and CCS connectors, and between 2-6kW on the AC connector depending on the car type. Click here for a user guide on how to charge using this type of charger.
Chargers which have been upgraded to date are located at:
- Union Place, Sligo
- Promenade Road, Dublin Port, Dublin
- Tanyard Lane, Tullamore, Co Offaly
- Gordon Place Car Park, Wolfe Tone Street, Clonmel, Co Tipperary
- Bolton Square Public Car Park, Bolton Street, Drogheda, Co Louth
- Public Car Park, Rampart Lane, Dundalk, Co Louth
- Farnham Street, Cavan, Co Cavan
- Off Circular Road, Kells, Co Meath
- Public Car Park, Bolton Street, Waterford
- St. Canice's Council Car Park, Kilkenny
- Moy Court, Off Bachelor's Walk, Ballina, Mayo
- Leisure Centre Car Park, Off James Street, Westport, Mayo
- Station House Courtyard, Galway Road, Clifden, Galway
- Galway Retail Park, Headford Road, Galway City
- Garvey's Car Park, Off Matt Talbot Road, Tralee, Kerry
- Whytes Shop, Killarney Road, Kenmare, Kerry
- St. Augustines Car Park, St. Augustine Street, Dungarvan, Waterford
- Ballymahon Road, Athlone, Westmeath
Further upgrades are planned in:
- West Cork
Below are some of the fast chargers located in Clonmel, Co Tipperary and Drogheda, Co Louth.
The replacement of over 200 unreliable standard chargers
ESB is replacing over 200 existing Standard (22kW) chargers with more reliable chargers. This work began in October 2019 and over 190 chargers have been replaced at different locations throughout the country. The replacement programme will continue over the coming months. Infrastructure uptime on all the network is currently at 96% or higher. Click here for a user guide on how to charge using this type of charger.
A list of a number 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.