Ireland’s motorways and national roads will soon see the introduction of more than 50 new high power charging hubs.
These hubs will be able to charge between two and eight vehicles simultaneously and are capable of providing up to 100km of electric driving range in as little as six minutes.
In addition to the high power charging hubs, up to 50 locations will also see Standard 22kW AC chargers upgraded to 50kW DC fast chargers, providing additional fast charging capacity around the country.
The news comes as the the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. revealed that €20 million is being invested to fund the rollout of these high powered chargers across ESB ecars network to “tackle range anxiety and encourage drivers to make the switch to electric vehicles.”
The initiative will be funded 50/50 by the Government’s Climate Action Fund and the ESB.
ESB ecars is currently identifying the most appropriate locations on motorways and national road networks. The sites will be identified using the latest software mapping techniques, taking account of information on current charge point usage, traffic volume, accessibility, amenities and grid capacity at the sites.
Jerry O’Sullivan, Deputy Chief Executive of ESB said the move will “support the Government’s ambition to have more than 500,000 EVs on Irish roads by 2030.”