ESB ecars set to introduce new pricing structure to support continued electric vehicle charge network expansion

Pricing for standard network charging points comes into effect from August 10, 2020

Leitrim Observer Reporter

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Electric car charging point

Electric car charger

ESB ecars had confirmed the introduction of pricing from August 10 for its standard (up to 22kW AC) electric vehicle public charging network.

The announcement comes following the introduction of pricing for fast public chargers (50kW) in November 2019. At that time, it was indicated that pay for use would be extended to the entire network following further investment by ESB ecars and with that improved ‘uptimes.’ Since then, over 150 standard chargers have been replaced in 26 counties throughout the country bringing the uptime to 96%, with even higher uptimes (99%) on our fast (>44kW) charging network.

The upgrades are part of an overall €20m investment in renewing and expanding Ireland’s electric vehicle (EV) public charging network by ESB ecars, supported by the Irish Government’s Climate Action Fund.

The introduction of pricing will support ongoing upgrades to ensure that the network continues to operate at a high standard for an ever-increasing number of electric vehicle (EV) owners.

The original pricing scheme has been maintained; there are two price plans available for the EV drivers - Pay as You Go or Membership:

- Pay As You Go is charged at 26.8c per kWh
- Membership is a €4.60 monthly subscription fee and a reduced charge of 23c per kWh

Since launching its sign-up service, ESB ecars have achieved over 11,000 sign ups. Membership offers lower per kWh rates along with a monthly subscription and is recommended for those that use the network five times per month or more. Drivers can sign up to ESB ecars via www.esb.ie/ecars.

Niall Hogan, Head of ESB ecars, commented on the announcement: “We all know that climate action is a priority for all of us and that electric vehicles play a key role in the move to clean, low-carbon transport. That’s why ESB is committing €20m to upgrading and expanding the public charging network for EVs and why we’ve introduced pricing on a phased basis to support that investment in clean transport.

Drivers are already seeing the benefits of this investment with significant improvements in the reliability of the national network. We will continue to invest in a brighter future for drivers by supporting the change to cleaner transport using EVs.”

The €20m investment is 50% financed by the Government’s Climate Action Fund with the remainder funded by ESB.