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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, ESB is 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, ESB is 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.



This connector is used to charge Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi vehicles.


This connector is used to charge most other electric vehicles including BMW, Volkswagen, Hyundai etc.

Type 2 / AC 43

Type 2 connectors allow EVs to AC charge and are on all standard chargers. AC43 is a connector used to charge EV's such as the Renault Zoe.

ESB ecars in Northern Ireland

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.

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ESB ecars in Great Britain

ESB operates electric vehicle networks in Great Britain under the name ‘ESB Energy’ where we provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure and services.

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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:

  1. Over 50 charging “hubs” throughout Ireland which can charge between three to eight vehicles simultaneously.
  2. The replacement of 50 Standard (AC) chargers with Fast (DC) chargers.
  3. 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.


Progress to date

We plan to deploy over fifty 3-8 vehicle charging hubs. A number of charging hubs have already been deployed:

3 bay charging hubs (various combinations of 150kW, 50kW & 22kW - capable of charging up to 3 vehicles simultaneously):

  • Amber Service Station, Dublin Rd, Ballynamona, Fermoy, Co. Cork
  • Blanchardstown Centre, Navan Road, Clonsilla, Dublin 15
  • Circle K M9 Kilcullen, M9, Co. Kildare
  • Circle K Service Station Frankfield, Frankfield Road,Cork
  • Circle K Service Station, Ballysimon Road (R527), Limerick City, Limerick
  • Circle K Service station, Centra O'Briens, Lynn Road, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
  • Circle K Service Station, Emyvale Road (N2), Coolshannagh, Monaghan
  • Circle K Service Station, M8 At Junction 3 (R433), Ballacolla, Laois
  • Circle K-Centra, Rochestown Road, Rochestown, Cork City, Cork
  • Glynn's Centra-Circle K, Carnmore Cross, Oranmore, Galway
  • Kee's Circle K Service Station, N15-R232 Junction, Laghey, Donegal
  • Kelliher’s Inver (Mace), Ratass, Tralee, Co. Kerry
  • Kilmartin N6 Service Station, Dublin road, Athlone, Co.Westmeath, Ireland
  • Loughrea Service Station (TOP) Athenry Road Loughrea Co.Galway
  • Lunney’s Service Station, Sligo Road, Carrick-on-Shannon, Roscommon
  • Park Ri Service Station, Cavan Road, Townparks, Kells, Meath.
  • Portlaoise Plaza, Exit 17, M7,  Portlaoise, Co.Laois, Ireland
  • Sir John Rogerson's Quay,Dublin Docklands,Dublin 2
  • Supervalu Kimmage, Sundrive Road, Kimmage, Dublin 12, Ireland
  • Texaco (Mace & Supermacs), N4, Ballinalack, Westmeath
  • The Galway Plaza, Junction 16, Carrowkeel, Kiltullagh, Co. Galway

4 bay charging hubs (2x 150kW - capable of charging up to 4 vehicles simultaneously)

  • Texaco (Spar & Supermacs), Galway road, Tuam, Galway, Ireland

8 bay charging hubs (4x 150kW - capable of charging up to 8 vehicles simultaneously)

  • Mayfield Services, M7 Junction 14 (R445), Monasterevin, Kildare

In addition, 50 existing Standard (AC) chargers are being replaced with Fast (DC) chargers. This allows cars which cannot avail of the higher AC charging rates to get faster charging through DC. It also enables the quick roll out of fast chargers in large towns and cities throughout Ireland. These fast chargers are a different type of fast charger on the network. They can provide up to 50kW on CHAdeMO and CCS connectors, and up to 22kW on the AC connector depending on the car type. Click here for a user guide on how to charge using this type of charger. Chargers which have been upgraded to date are located at:

  • Laffins Lane Car Park, Via Lower Main Street or Castle Park, Arklow
  • Ballymahon Road, Athlone
  • Moy Court, Off Bachelor's Walk, Ballina
  • Saint Michael's Square, Ballinasloe
  • Marian Hall Car Park, Off William Street, Birr
  • Market Street, Carrickmacross
  • Off Farnham Street, Cavan Town
  • Station House ( Carpark Adjacent to Courtyard ), Galway Road, Clifden
  • Gordon Place Car Park, Wolfe Tone Street, Clonmel
  • Marina Car Park, Off Strand Street, Dingle
  • Bolton Square Public Car Park, Bolton Street, Drogheda
  • Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin Docklands
  • Circle K Service Station, Promenade Road, Dublin Port
  • Public Car Park, Rampart Lane, Dundalk
  • St. Augustines Car Park, St. Augustine Street, Dungarvan
  • Off Lower Main Street, Dungloe
  • Garda Station Car Park, Off Lymington Road, Enniscorthy
  • Galway Retail Park, Headford Road, Galway City
  • Off Circular Road, Kells
  • Whytes Shop, Killarney Road, Kenmare
  • St. Canice's Council Car Park, Butt's Green, Kilkenny
  • Shore Road, Killybegs
  • Fire Brigade Car Park, New Road, Kinsale
  • Public Car Park, N67/Milltown Malbay Road, Lahinch
  • Justice Walsh Car Park, Off Bank Lane, Letterkenny
  • Daly's Circle K Service Station, Letterkenny Road, Lifford
  • Public Car Park, Barrack Street, Loughrea
  • Blackhall Car Park, Off Mount Street, Mullingar
  • Barrack Lane, New Ross
  • Public Car Park, Off Link Road (R420), Portarlington
  • Norton House Car Park, Cork Road, Skibbereen
  • 9-12 Union Place, Sligo Town
  • The Square Shopping Centre, Belgard Road (R113), Tallaght
  • Garvey's Car Park, Off Matt Talbot Road, Tralee
  • Off Haggard Street, Trim
  • Public Car Park, Vicar Street, Tuam
  • Tanyard Lane, Tullamore
  • Public Car Park, Bolton Street, Waterford City
  • Leisure Centre Car Park, Off James Street, Westport
  • Dolphin's Place, Youghal

    Below are some of the fast chargers located in Clonmel, Co Tipperary and Drogheda, Co Louth.

    The replacement of over 200 unreliable standard chargers

    ESB is replacing over 200 existing Standard (AC up to 22kW) chargers with more reliable chargers. This work began in October 2019 and over 200 chargers have been replaced at different locations throughout the country. The replacement programme will continue over the coming months. Infrastructure uptime on all the network is currently at 96% or higher. Click  here for a user guide on how to charge using this type of charger.

    A list of a number of the replacement charger locations can be found below.

    Replacement Charger Locations
    PDF | 157KB

    Northern Ireland

    ESB replaced 30 fast (22kW) AC chargers in Northern Ireland in 2020 and plans to replace a number of rapid chargers upon delivery of new equipment in the coming months.

    Customer Charter

    ESB ecars is committed to offering you a quality service. View our customer charter below

    ESB ecars Customer_Charter_2022
    PDF | 173KB
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    Contact ecars

    • Phone Number: ROI: 00353 1 258 3799
    • Phone Number: NI: 0044 345 601 8303