ESB also operates and maintains the public charge point network for electric vehicle drivers in Northern Ireland. The system on the island is fully inter-operable allowing seamless access to charge points in both Ireland and Northern Ireland.Find out more
About ESB ecars
ESB ecars was established in 2010 to roll out the public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) across Ireland and to support the introduction and demand for electric vehicles nationally.
ESB operates and maintains a growing network of 1,500 public charge points across the island of Ireland. These are available for electric vehicles and are found nationwide in locations such as motorway services, on-street, shopping centres, carparks etc.
There are currently three types of chargers on the ESB public charging network, AC (standard 22kW) and DC (Fast/Rapid 50kW) and high power (150kW).
In Ireland, we are currently undertaking a €20 million programme to expand and enhance the charging network across Ireland which is part funded by the Irish Government’s Climate Action Fund, to help meet the expected growth of electric vehicles in the coming years.
In Northern Ireland, we are currently undertaking a £3.27 million programme of work funded by the Levelling Up Fund (LUF) to expand and transform the public charging experience for current and future EV drivers in Northern Ireland.
Climate Action Fund
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 parts to the project, which are:
- Over 50 charging “hubs” throughout Ireland which can charge between three to eight vehicles simultaneously.
- The replacement of 50 Standard (AC) chargers with Fast (DC) chargers.
- The replacement of over 200 unreliable Standard (AC) chargers
Levelling Up Fund
The Levelling Up Fund is a £4.8 billion British Government fund to support infrastructure project such as town centre and high street regeneration, local transport projects and cultural and heritage assets to improve everyday life across the UK.
ESB was awarded Stg£3.27 million from the Levelling Up Fund (LUF) to expand and enhance the EV charging network which will transform the public charging experience for current and future EV drivers in Northern Ireland.
The Levelling Up Fund investment, further supported by ESB’s own capital investment, will replace all existing fast (22kW) and rapid (50kW) EV chargers across Northern Ireland. The legacy infrastructure will be replaced with the fastest, most reliable and advanced technology available.
This project will double the existing number of rapid chargers and will also see the introduction of high power (200kW) charging for the first time in Northern Ireland through the delivery of five high power charging (200kW) hubs in strategic locations.