How to charge your electric vehicle
There are a number of ways you can charge your electric vehicle whether you are out and about or at your home.
Charging at home
Charging your electric vehicle (EV) at home is the most convenient and cost-effective method. A full overnight charge can cost as little as €3 using night rate electricity (costs vary by vehicle and electricity supplier). The cost of charging at home is simply added to your regular domestic electricity bill in the normal way.
The Government currently offers a grant of €600 towards the installation of a home charger unit in January 2018. The grant is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Details of the grant scheme can be found here: www.seai.ie.
As well as charging your EV at home, you can also charge it on ESB's nationwide network of publicly accessible charge points in various locations such as on-street, motorway service stations, shopping centres and car parks located throughout Ireland.
You can locate your nearest charge point on our charge point map or through the ecar connect app available on the Apple App store and Google Play.
There are three types of chargers on the ESB public charging network: Standard (up to 22kW), Fast (up to 50kW) and High Power (up to 150kW).
Standard charging (up to 22kW)
Standard chargers can charge your car in approximately 1-8 hours, depending on the type of car and battery size. These destination chargers are typically found on-street or in car parks. Click here to view a step-by-step guide on how to charge your electric vehicle using an ESB standard charger.
Fast charging (up to 50kW)
Fast chargers are generally found in motorway service stations and selected car parks to allow for longer journeys. These charging points can charge a car up to 80% in approximately 30 minutes depending on car type and battery size. We have two different types of fast chargers on our network (Efacec QC45 and Circontrol Raption 50). For more information about fast charging, and for a step-by-step guide on how to charge your electric vehicle using a fast charger, click here.
High Power charging (up to 150kW)
ESB is ramping up our installations of high power hubs on motorway and national road sites. These hubs can provide up to 100km of driving range in as little as six minutes, depending on the car type and battery size. Click here to see a step-by-step guide on how to charge your electric vehicle using one of our high power chargers.