ESB rolls out faster charging points for electric car
ELECTRIC car owners will be able to charge their motors in just 30 minutes from next month at service stations in Monaghan and Tipperary.
ESB ecars yesterday announced detailed plans for the rollout of so-called fast-charge points in service stations across the country, where drivers will be able to 'power up' their vehicles to 80pc of capacity for just €6.
The company has committed to installing 30 fast-charging points across the State by the end of the year, along with 1,500 public charging points and 2,000 in people's homes.
The first charging points will be operational from next month in Topaz stations at Coolshannagh in Co Monaghan, off the N2, and at Wallers Lot in Cashel, Co Tipperary.
This will be followed in June at Topaz stations on the Frankfield Road in Douglas, Co Cork; on the Dublin Road in Athlone; and on the Dublin Road at Killygarry in Co Cavan.
Fast and 'standard' chargers -- which take two to six hours -- will be installed at another 10 Topaz stations over the coming months.
Two more chargers will be installed in June at the Maxol station in Navan, Co Meath, with another on the new motorway service area on the M7 (junction 14) at Monasterevin, Co Kildare.
The chargers are needed to promote the use of electric cars as an alternative to traditional cars. Running an electric car costs three cents per mile as opposed to 15 cent per mile for a conventional car.
The State wants 6,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road by the end of 2012, with a goal of having 10pc of all vehicles powered by electricity by 2020.
Peugeot Citroen, Renault, Ford and Mitsubishi have all agreed to sell EVs in Ireland, but the roll-out has been stalled because a scheme promising €5,000 grants per vehicle did not come in until last week.
The new charging points will be placed 60km apart to overcome 'range anxiety', where motorists fear they will run out of power.
"The introduction of fast-charge points represents a big step forward in the development of electric transport in Ireland," ESB chief executive Padraig McManus said.
"The availability of fast-charge points will help to reassure drivers that longer journeys between urban centres are practical and that Ireland is well on the way to making ecar driving an everyday reality."