Circle K expands its cooperation with high power charging network provider Ionity to Ireland. Several branches of the petrol station and retail chain K are slated for electric vehicle charging with the latest EV pitstop open now.
The Ionity ultra-rapid chargers are already in place at Circle K stations in Cashel, Tipperary and Gorey. Four additional locations with up to six HPC columns each are to be built on the M1, M6 and M7 motorways in the next few months.
Incoming Circle K Ireland Managing Director Gordon Lawlor estimates the demand for fast charging will only grow and added that “Circle K want to play our role in facilitating a smooth transition to electric vehicle usage”.”
All locations will feature up to six high-speed EV charge points, each with a 350kW of charging capacity, Ionity’s trademark.
The high power charging network is a joint venture initiated by automotive giants Daimler, Ford, BMW and Volkswagen. While they deliver the installation, the company relies on site owners and operators to realise the planned pan-European high power charging network. The aim is for 400 Ionity sites across 23 countries in the next two years. Circle K is one of the longstanding partners and also works with Ionity in Norway reportedly.
In the neighbouring UK, the company scored deals with location providers such as Extra and Octopus Energy as well. The first HPC charging station is located in Kent as reported. The British network will comprise 40 high power charging sites once complete.