The Government has announced a €20 million investment in the ESB ecars public charge point network

€20m Investment In Electric Vehicle Charging Points

The Government has announced a €20 million investment in the ESB ecars public charge point network

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. has announced that €20m is being invested to fund the rollout of high powered chargers across ESB ecars network.

Making the announcement, Minister Bruton said, "We are funding high powered charging hubs on motorways and national roads all across the country, to tackle 'range anxiety' and encourage drivers to make the switch to electric vehicles. We are stepping up our response to climate change across the board and this government is determined to take the lead and put in place the necessary infrastructure to make it easier for people to play their part."

More than 50 high power charging hubs are being funded on motorway and national road sites. These hubs will be able to charge between two and eight vehicles simultaneously and are capable of providing up to 100 km of electric driving range in as little as six minutes.

These new sites will be in addition to the 1,100 public charge points already located across the island of Ireland.

In addition to the high power charging hubs, up to 50 locations will also see Standard 22kW AC chargers upgraded to 50kW DC fast chargers, providing additional fast charging capacity around the country.

A provisional map of the planned network
A provisional map of the planned network

According to sources, this network will be able to facilitate the public charging requirements of hundreds of thousands of vehicles.

Minister Bruton said, "This investment gives people confidence that they can make the switch. Now is the time. As well as providing a network of chargers, the government also offer a number of financial supports to those thinking of changing their vehicle."

Jerry O'Sullivan, Deputy Chief Executive of ESB, said, "A key part of our Brighter Future strategy is enabling the electrification of transport, with this investment and support from the Government's Climate Action Fund critical to encouraging people to make the transition to EVs. Over the last nine years we have developed and maintained a comprehensive EV charging network and the availability of the high power charging hubs will help eliminate 'range anxiety' and enables seamless EV travel across the island of Ireland. This, in turn, will support the Government's ambition to have more than 500,000 EVs on Irish roads by 2030."

This initiative is 50% financed by the Government's Climate Action Fund with the remainder funded by ESBESB ecars is currently identifying the most appropriate locations on motorways and national road networks. The sites will be identified using the latest software mapping techniques, taking account of information on current charge point usage, traffic volume, accessibility, amenities and grid capacity at the sites.


Zap-Map ESB Ireland App

Zap-Map Launches Electric Car Charging App In Ireland

Zap-Map, the UK's No. 1 electric car charging point app, is launching the app in the Republic of Ireland. The app helps electric car drivers to locate and navigate to charge points, but crucially also incorporates live network data from the ESB so that users can see whether a public charge point is available or in use.

The Zap-Map app is available on both Android and iOS platforms and shows live data shows for over 900 charge points across the Republic of Ireland - and over 1200 across the entire island of Ireland.

This new partnership between Zap-Map and the ESB  allows the status of charge points to be updated dynamically and these live updates are supplemented by Zap-Chat, which enables electric vehicle (EV) drivers to update status, post comments and last mile information.

Speaking on the release of Zap-Map 3.0 incorporating the ESB network data, Melanie Shufflebotham, Director at Zap-Map said: “We are delighted to extend the coverage of Zap-Map to the Republic of Ireland with live network updates from ESB, and hope that this will help accelerate the uptake of EVs across the country."

“Our aim is to give the best possible information to EV drivers on the move and the latest app features were developed with this in mind. The new app also includes the integration of the Zap-Chat platform for live user updates, and enables the roll-out of new features for launch later this year.”

Gareth Davis, Head of ecars at ESB commented: ‘We are delighted that information on our extensive network of charge points in the Republic of Ireland will be available on Zap-Map and will allow EV drivers to easily access information on charge point locations and availability. This information is essential for EV drivers wishing to plan their journey and ensure they have charging facilities en route."

Zap-Map was launched in 2014. In the UK, Zap-Map attracts over 45,000 users per month from an EV fleet of around 110,000 vehicles and is rising rapidly.

To view Zap-Map on desktop and mobile web, visit: https://www.zap-map.com/live/

For more information about the Zap-Map app, visit: https://www.zap-map.com/app/.

For more on ESB ecars, visit www.esb.ie/ecars.

Caroline Kidd