Date: 18 Nov 2022
SEE plan to develop a nationwide EV charging network
SSE Airtricity has announced plans to develop a nationwide EV charging network, that will see them invest €35m to install 30 ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs across Ireland over the next four years, all of which will be powered by 100% green electricity from SSE Airtricity.
As part of the EV infrastructure rollout, it has been confirmed that the first hub will open at the Lough Sheever Corporate Park in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath next year. The site will be publicly accessible and designed to accommodate long-wheelbase vehicles and buses, as well as cars and fleet vehicles.
As part of Phase One of the project in 2023, and subject to planning permission, additional hubs with 10 charging bays will be installed in Blanchardstown Business Park and Greenogue Industrial Estate in Dublin.
It is expected that a total of six sites will be operational by the end of 2023, with a further 10 coming online in 2024, with each ultra-rapid bay will have charging capabilities of up to 150 kilowatts (kW).
Kevin Welstead, EV director sector SSE, said: “From our network in the UK, we understand that when it comes to charging people just want to be back on the move on in the shortest amount of time possible.”
SSE’s first ultra-rapid charging hub powered by renewable energy went live in Glasgow at the end of September".
Meanwhile, EasyGo, the largest private car charging network in Ireland, is partnering with Eir to replace telephone kiosks with Tritium 50kW EV chargers. EasyGo plans to install Tritium chargers at 70 locations in counties Offaly, Mayo, Cavan, Waterford, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Monaghan over the next six months.