New high power IONITY chargers have arrived in Ireland!
New high power IONITY chargers have arrived in Ireland!

Circle K and IONITY have partnered to bring the first 350 kW electric vehicle (EV) chargers to Ireland. The company is planning 400 stations along major European routes with over 310 already in action across the continent and six already in Ireland. Here’s a guide to using them to charge your electric car!

What is IONITY?

Europe’s leading high-power charging provider. IONITY was founded in 2017 with the aim of providing a network of reliable, high-performance charging stations along Europe’s main transport routes. It is a joint venture by BMW Group, Mercedes Benz AG, Ford Motor Company, Hyundai Motor Group and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche. The company is headquartered in Munich with an additional office in Oslo, Norway, an employs more than 75 people.

How does it work?

You can use if your car is equipped with the leading European standard Combined Charging System (CCS). The charge point is usually found on the front wing of the vehicle or at the front of the car. Remove the adaptor from the charge point and insert into the CCS. The charger technology automatically optimises its charging speed to the maximum your car’s built-in battery management system can handle so you will always be charging at full speed. For example. the new Audi e-tron can charge at 150 kW so it’s possible to get from 10% to 100% battery power in just 40 minutes.

How to pay for IONITY

At launch it cost €8 per session but a kilowatt hour based pricing structure is in place since 31st January 2020. Many manufacturers are offering special packages with contactless cards that you can present at the charger for convenient, easy access. Connected Mobility Service Providers (MSP) like Audi e-tron Charging Service, Mercedes me Charge, BMW ChargeNow, Porsche Charging Service and Volkswagen WeCharge offer more financially attractive and bespoke packages for motorway drivers. You can also pay via the app when you register an account. For third-party payments, the company advises that you check directly with your mobility service provider for their rates. Customers who do not have a contract with an MSP will pay €0.73 cent per kWh to charge their EV.

IONITY is simple and easy to use
IONITY is simple and easy to use

Where can I charge with IONITY in Ireland?

There are currently six motorway Circle K sites in Ireland with this new high power charging installed: Circle K Cashel, Tipperary, Circle K Athlone on the M6, Circle K City North on the M1, Circle K Gorey on the M11, Circle K Kill South and Kill North on the M7.

Is there an app?

Yes you can download a smartphone app that shows the position and availability of charging stations.

Can Tesla use IONITY?

Tesla has its own supercharger network throughout Europe but popular models like the new Model 3 can be charged using IONITY chargers. Model S and Model X can be charged if you have a CCS adaptor.

New IONITY rapid charging station opens at Circle K Kill South on the N7
New IONITY rapid charging station opens at Circle K Kill South on the N7

Local customer service phone numbers are displayed at all charging stations. For trouble charging using an IONITY charger in Ireland or any other support request, call +35316917020 to receive immediate assistance.