Wednesday 21 August 2019

On full charge - as Circle K and Nissan turn on the power

 

IONITY charger at work at Circle K, Gorey
IONITY charger at work at Circle K, Gorey
Minister Richard Bruton keeps cool with an ice-cream as he chats with Nissan CEO James McCarthy
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Circle K's high-powered electric vehicle charging network expanded recently when an IONITY charge station was unveiled at its premises in Gorey (on the M11). There is one already at Cashel.

Four more stations are planned over the next few months: at Athlone on the M6, Kill South on the M7, Kill North and City North on the M1. All have up to six high-speed EV charge points (with 350kw charging capacity each).

Circle K Ireland managing director Gordon Lawlor says there will be an increased demand for access to convenient fast-charging.

IONITY's Paul Entwistle said stations like Gorey will make a "significant contribution" to the take-up of electrical vehicles.

Minister Richard Bruton keeps cool with an ice-cream as he chats with Nissan CEO James McCarthy
Minister Richard Bruton keeps cool with an ice-cream as he chats with Nissan CEO James McCarthy

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IT'S 'payback time' for EVs as they will soon be able to light up your home or business.

Thanks to new X-Storage technology from Nissan, you'll be able to fill your EV's battery with cheap night-rate electricity and then feed it back into your home, or office, during the day when higher prices apply.

It was recently officially unveiled here at Nissan's new headquarters by Climate Minister Richard Bruton. The company is using the technology and solar energy to power its headquarters at Park West business park.

The X-Storage technology goes on sale commercially next year.

LEAFs parked outside can either be charged as normal - or turn providers by powering the three-storey building. As many as 16 EV charging points are being installed. And among the models using them will be the new longer-range 62kwh LEAF (up to 385km on single charge): prices start from €37,840.

Meanwhile, staff and guests at the official opening celebrated with ice cream from a newly unveiled zero emissions ice-cream van.

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AUDI is adding a coupé SUV version called the Q3 Sportback to its line-up this autumn. There will be 230hp 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TDI 150hp automatics with a manual, quattro drive later.

Irish Independent

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