A new initiative between eir and EasyGo to replace obsolete eir telephone kiosks with Electric Vehicle Rapid Chargers has been launched with the roll-out of seven new fast charging facilities at locations in County Carlow.
The two companies are planning a nation-wide rollout of charging points to meet the rapidly increasing demand for public charge points as sales of electric vehicles grow rapidly – latest SIMI figures show that about 1 in 8 cars sold in Ireland so far this year are fully electric.
The new Tritium chargers offer dual 50kW DC (Rapid) chargers and dual 22kW AC (Destination) chargers that come with twin cables to simultaneously charge two EVs.
Four of the new EV chargers are located in Carlow town at Kennedy Street, Green Lane (2), and Green Bank Car Park, while a further three EV charging points have been installed in Tullow, Bagenalstown and Borris Main Street. The charge points have been installed at zero cost to Carlow County Council.
Chris Kelly, EasyGo Technical Director said that the partnership plans to replace up to 180 telephone kiosks with fast EV chargers at no cost to local authorities. “EasyGo is on a mission to decarbonise transport, and our partnership with eir can go a long way to achieving that. We are pleased to report that we have active engagement with many councils across the country and will be making some announcements on those in the coming weeks.”
Oliver Loomes, CEO of eir added: “Wherever possible we will replace unused eir payphone kiosks with rapid EV charging units, and we will continue to assist EasyGo and County Councils across Ireland to help to make the transition to electric vehicle ownership a viable alternative for people.”
“This joint initiative by eir, EasyGo and Carlow County Council to install state of the art new EV chargers is a great example of how organisations working together can improve the provision and rollout of much needed electric vehicle charging infrastructure in public areas which will be of great benefit and convenience to the public that are switching to electric vehicles while also contributing to achieving our ambitious climate action goals and targets,” said Cllr. Fintan Phelan, Cathaoirleach, Carlow County Council.