How to charge your electric vehicle

There are a number of ways you can charge your electric vehicle whether you are out and about or at your home. The video below shows you a step-by-step guide on how to charge your electric vehicle using an ESB fast charger (50kW).



Charging at home

Charging your electric vehicle (EV) at home is the most convenient and cost-effective method. A full overnight charge can cost as little as €3 using night rate electricity (costs vary by vehicle and electricity supplier). The cost of charging at home is simply added to your regular domestic electricity bill in the normal way.

The Government currently offers a grant of €600 towards the installation of a home charger unit in January 2018. The grant is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Details of the grant scheme can be found here:

Public charging

As well as charging your EV at home, you can also charge it on ESB's nationwide network of publicly accessible charge points in various locations such as on-street, motorway service stations, shopping centres and car parks located throughout Ireland.

You can locate your nearest charge point on our charge point map or through the ecar connect app available on the App store and Google Play. There are currently two types of charging stations on the ESB ecars network: Standard AC (22kW) and Fast (50kW) Chargers.

Standard Charge Points

Standard chargers can charge your car in approximately 1-8 hours, depending on the type of car and battery size. These destination chargers are typically found on-street or in car parks.



Fast Charge Points

Fast (or rapid) chargers are generally found in motorway service stations to allow for longer journeys. These charging points can charge a car up to 80% in approximately 30 minutes depending on car type and battery size.

Our multi-standard fast charge points have three connector types: CHAdeMO, CCS/Combo and Fast AC.


1. DC CHAdeMO : This connector is used to charge Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi vehicles.


2. CCS COMBO: This connector is used to charge EVs such as BMW, Volkswagen, Hyundai etc.



AC fast charger

3. AC 43: This connector is used to charge EV's such as the Renault Zoe.


ESB's Circontrol fast charge points

We have installed the first of a new type of fast charger at Circle K Service Station, Promenade Road, Dublin Port. It has DC CHAdeMO, CCS and AC connectors and will provide up to 44kW on CHAdeMO and CCS connectors, and between 2-6kW on the AC connector depending on your car type.

Please note it is not possible to charge two vehicles simultaneously using the DC CHAdeMO and CCS connectors. However the AC connector can be used at the same time as one of the DC connectors.

Tips when using this fast charger:

  • To release the CCS connector, push the connector upwards and then slide out.
  • To release the CHAdeMO connector, firmly push the release button forward until it covers the “OK" wording completely.
  • When using the AC outlet, ensure the connector is firmly pushed into the charger. If not, the charging will not start.


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