By Guillaume Séguin – Last updated January 2020
You are new with EV ownership and even if most of your charges will be made at home or work, you’re wondering how to use charging networks ? Here is a quick guide to help you.
This is the historical provider. There are over 1000 charging points, mostly 22kw AC, with around 100 fast chargers, most of which are triple standard (Chademo/CCS/FastAC).
Note that ESB Ecars map does include non-ESB Ecars charging points.
Cost of AC charging points is free (as of January 2020)
Cost of DC charging is €0.29 per kWh for members (membership is at €5 per month) and €0.33 kWh as pay as you go. Which means that it makes sense to go for a membership if you consumer more than 125kWh monthly, ie charge once a week with an average BEV.
You can subscribe here and need to register even if you use the pay as you go option. You will be able to use the charge points with a RFID card or with the smarphone app.
This Irish privately owned company has second largest network today. There are a few 50kw fast charge points (Chademo/CCS) and many AC charge points, of different power.
Pricing for Fast charging is generally €0.35 starting fee plus €0.35 per kWh but can vary so check the app. AC charge point pricing also varies depending on the partner hosting the charge point. It could be free in some instances.
EasyGo offers Prepay and Pay as you go options. For more details, visit EasyGo website. And find Easygo map here
If most Circle K stations with Charging facilities are actually hosting ESB Ecars chargers, some are actually owned by Circle K (such as Athlone services on the M6). You can find all types of charging points present in Circle K stations using the Site locator and using “Electric car” filter in the advances search function.
Applegreen has recently rolled out DC Fast chargers (Chademo/CCS) in some of their corporate locations (no map or list available at the moment). For now, this service is free of charge.
Ionity has a few charge points hubs in Ireland These are exclusively CCS DC fast chargers. If you don’t have a roaming provider, paying your electricity to Ionity will cost you €0.79 per kWh. I however allows faster charging speeds, at over 150kW, depending on the capabilities of your vehicle. Here is the map of current and future Ionity locations.
Tesla has a network of superchargers (DC hubs) and destination chargers (AC charger points). The superchargers are exclusively reserved for Tesla vehicles, whereas destination chargers (usually found in hotels and restaurants) are often found in pairs, one being reserved for Tesla vehicles, the other for any EV.
Go Charge (from Fortum, the Finnish company) has just a handful of charging points for now, 22kw AC but is developing. Cost is simply €0.30 per kWh.
Too many networks and maps ?
There are app regrouping these network. None is really comprehensive and there are always a few charge points missing but these could be a great help if they cover the charging networks you are regularly using, depending on your situation:
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