Tuesday, July 29 12:08:17
The ESB announced today that it has successfully completed the installation of electric vehicle fast-chargers across the country.
It also installed 10 AC chargers located at Iarnrod Eireann sites, as part of a first of its kind project co-funded by European Commission via the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
In addition, five fast chargers have been also installed under this programme in Northern Ireland by the Department for Regional Development, Northern Ireland. This pilot project, will provide advice and learning experiences for similar projects in other European countries. These installations bring the total number of public electric car charging points across the island of Ireland to approximately 1,200, connecting all major towns and cities.
John McSweeney, head of Innovation, ESB said: "It is a great achievement to reach the completion of this project. A huge amount of work has been put into providing fast charge points throughout Ireland and it is expected that the nationwide network of charge points will encourage people to go electric in the near future."
He added: "An electric car costs just 2 cents a kilometre to fuel and the average motorist could achieve running cost savings of almost E2,300 a year. Electric cars offer the prospect of very real savings to Irish motorists."
The new fast chargers are located on major motorways and inter-urban routes including the M1 connecting Dublin to Belfast, M4 at Enfield, N4 at Carrick-on-Shannon, M5 at Ballinasloe, M7 at Monasterevin, M8 at Cahir, M9 at Kilkenny City, and M11 at Gorey. Fast chargers are also located at a number of commercial sites including Applegreen, Topaz, Tesco, Supervalu and Londis nationwide.
The expansion of the charge point network allows the electric vehicle driver to travel longer distances, facilitated by the availability of a fast charger every 60 kilometres along Ireland's main roads. Fast charging enables an electric vehicle to get an 80pc charge in as little as 25 minutes.
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