Ireland’s largest private electric vehicle charging network, EasyGo, announced a new DC fast chargers investment in towns and villages. They’re going to be placed where old phone boxes used to be, according to Electrek.
Phone boxes were no longer produced when mobile phones came. And so Irish telecoms company Eir and EV charging network EasyGo began to replace old phone boxes with Australia-based Tritium’s EV chargers over two years ago.
“In order for Ireland to move to greener electric vehicles, we must have the required infrastructure in place, not just in cities, but across all of Ireland.” said Eir CEO Oliver Loomes.
“EasyGo and Eir are in discussion with county councils across the country, and we hope others will follow this lead. By replacing unused infrastructure with fast EV charging, we are helping to make the transition to electric vehicle ownership a viable alternative for people across Ireland.”
200 Tritium 50 kW DC fast chargers
With this additional investment, EasyGo committed 200 Tritium 50 kW modular DC fast chargers deployment around Ireland under this investment, adding to its existing 2,400 charge points.
“This new infrastructure will benefit the community the way the public payphone service once did.” Loomes said.
Tritium chargers in several counties in Ireland
Furthermore, EasyGo unveiled the program in May in Carlow, southwest of Dublin. It has contracts to put Tritium chargers at 70 locations in counties Cavan, Offaly, Kilkenny, Mayo, Monaghan, Tipperary, and Waterford over the next six months.
“This roll-out is consistent with the national strategy outlines by Department of Transport and Zero Emissions Vehicles Ireland. These chargers will make the transition of EVs in rural Ireland much easier and will be located in convenient town center locations across the country,” said EasyGo founder Chris Kelly.
In addition, EasyGo works with other local authorities to determine 130 additional locations across Ireland for the new Tritium DC fast chargers at no cost to county councils.
“As an Irishman, I’m incredibly proud that Tritium has been selected as the exclusive technology partner for this project which will bolster Ireland’s transition to electric vehicles,” stated Tritium chief sales officer David Nicholl.
“With Tritium’s world-class fast chargers, electric vehicle drivers in Ireland will gain access to a fast and convenient charger designed to thrive in any environment.”
According to the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, about one out of every seven cars sold in Ireland in 2022 was all-electric, and the country’s rate of EV adoption is rapidly growing.
Adding EV chargers in accessible town center locations will lessen range anxiety for potential new EV drivers. The new chargers will particularly be welcomed in rural areas where public transportation is less present.
Transportation accounts for one-third of Ireland’s CO2 emissions
Notably, transportation accounts for one-third of Ireland’s energy-related CO2 emissions. Increasing EV adoption will play a key role in Ireland’s Climate Action Plan, setting a target of nearly 1 million EVs on the road by 2030.