EasyGo, Ireland’s largest private EV charging network, today announced a new investment in DC fast chargers in towns and villages, and they will be placed where old telephone boxes used to be.
Phone boxes became obsolete when cell phones arrived. So Irish telecommunications company Eir and EV charging network EasyGo started replacing phone boxes with Australia-based Tritium’s EV chargers about two years ago.
Oliver Loomes, CEO of Eir, said:
For Ireland to move to greener electric vehicles, we need to have the required infrastructure in place, not just in cities, but across Ireland.
This new infrastructure will benefit the community as the public payphone service once did.
With this additional multimillion-euro investment, EasyGo has committed to installing 200 tritium 50 kW modular DC fast chargers around Ireland under this scheme, in addition to its existing 2,400 charging points.
EasyGo launched the program in Carlow, southwest of Dublin, in May 2022. It has contracts to add tritium chargers to 70 locations in counties Offaly, Mayo, Cavan, Waterford, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Monaghan over the next six months.
EasyGo is working with other local authorities to identify 130 additional locations across Ireland for new tritium DC fast chargers, at no cost to county councils.
According to the Society of the Irish Motor Industry, around one in seven cars sold in Ireland is fully electric this year, and the rate of adoption of EVs there is growing rapidly. Adding EV chargers to easily accessible downtown locations will reduce anxiety for potential new EV drivers. The new chargers will be especially welcome in rural areas where public transport is less available.
Transport accounts for a third of Ireland’s energy-related CO2 emissions. Increasing EV adoption is a key aspect of Ireland’s climate action plan, which sets a target of almost 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030.
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Photo: Tritium DCFC Limited
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