EasyGo.ie, a privately-owned electric vehicle charging network in Ireland unveiled what it claims to be the first publicly-available DC charger in the country. EasyGi.ie announced plans to install 88 of Tritium’s DC rapid chargers by the end of 2020, with at least 20 to be deployed by the end of 2019.
The first station in this planned network consisting of Tritium’s Veefil charging stations is located at the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan. At the opening, EasyGo.ie co-founder, Chris Kelly said that “sales of new EVs in Ireland have increased by 541 per cent this year alone, so it’s clear we’ll need more charge points to cater for an increase in EVs on the road”. She added that “the availability of this and future rapid chargers will help ensure drivers have options across Ireland, from Malin Head to Mizen Head.”
Tritium has installed chargers in more than 29 countries. Kevin Pugh, Business Development Manager for Tritium, UK and Ireland said on this latest cooperation that “with EasyGo.ie planning to install chargers at 88 sites in two years, you’ll start to see a noticeable increase in EV adoption and this will have a major impact in helping Ireland achieve its climate change goals”. Under the country’s climate action plan Project Ireland 2040 the aim is to have half a million electric vehicles on Ireland’s road by 2030. To help reach this goal the government is investing in charging infrastructure but lately announced that public charing would come at a price (we reported). Also the postal service provider An Post plans to purchase 750 electric vehicles by 2022, of which 200 will be on the roads this year. All deliveries in central Dublin are to be a 100% electric by the end of 2019 with other urban areas of Ireland to follow suit.
At the same time, private initiatives have been greening the emerald isles. Danish carsharing company GreenMobility, for example, wants to bring a fleet of 400 electric cars to the Irish capital this year reportedly. The service will meet competition in Dublin but will be the only carsharing that is EV-exclusive and with a free-floating fleet within the city limits.
Additional reporting by Nora Manthey.