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.
How do I apply for a home charge point?
A number of energy suppliers offer home charger installation. The Government offers a grant of €600 towards the installation of a home charger unit. The grant is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Details of the new grant scheme can be found here.
How much will it cost for a full charge at home?
A full charge will cost as little as €3 by charging overnight at home using discounted night rate electricity. Please contact your energy supplier for more information.
Can I plug my vehicle into my regular house socket or can I use an extension cable?
No, you cannot plug your vehicle into a regular house or outdoor socket or use extension cables as this may be dangerous. For more on safety please visit our safety section here.
Charging your EV on the ESB public charging network
There are currently approximately 1,100 public charge points available nationwide in 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 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 & 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 the Renault Zoe. It may be also possible to charge a Tesla S using this connector.
What chargers do I pay to use and which ones are free?
There are currently two types of chargers on the ESB ecars public charging network, AC (Standard) and DC (Fast chargers). There is also a new High Power Charging network roll out planned.
The AC network is currently being upgraded and continues to be free to use while these upgrades are taking place. Pricing will be introduced for the AC network in 2020. Please check our website and social media channels for updates.
DC (Fast) Network
To use the DC or Fast charging network, charges are incurred. To sign up create an account via the ecar connect app available from the Apple app store or Google Play store or through our website. Once you have created your account and chosen your preferred payment option, you’re ready to use the network.
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 ecars public charging network, create an account via the ecar connect app available from the Apple app store or Google Play store or through our website. Once you have created your account and chosen your preferred payment option, you’re ready to use the network. For more information on how to use our chargers, check out our ‘How to’ video.
Now that I’m signed up, how do I use the charger?
For more information on how to use the charger, check out our ‘How to’ video.
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.
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
How do I get an ESB charge point access card?
Sign up as a member via our ecar connect app or on our website, and receive a free ESB charge point access card. If you are a PAYG user you can get a free ESB charge point card if you top up by €20 or you can purchase an ESB charge point access card for €10.
How long can I stay at an ESB fast charge point?
It typically takes as little as 30 minutes to charge an electric vehicle at a fast charging point up to 80%. To maximize the availability of Fast charge points for all drivers, we encourage you to complete your session within 45 minutes. After this time, an overstay fee of €5 will apply.
I don’t want to use the fast chargers but want to continue to use the AC chargers. Do I still need to sign up?
You do not need to Sign Up to use ESB AC chargers, However, it is advised to download the ecar connect app for easy use of the ESB public charging network. It provides the ability to swipe to start or stop a charge. It also shows the real-time availability of the charge point network on the interactive map. You can continue to use your ESB charge point access card also but this will not work on the ESB Fast charging network.