Electric Vehicle Charging Points

Charging Your Electric Vehicle at Home

How to Charge My EV at Home?

The recommended approach for charging your EV at home is to install a dedicated home charger. This comprises an outdoor socket designed to withstand rain, equipped with a residual current device capable of handling both DC pulses and AC current. It is crucial to establish a separate circuit from the distribution board to supply the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE). Avoid using extension leads, as they are not intended for prolonged periods of carrying the full rated current, even when uncoiled.


How Can I Apply for a Home Charge Point?

Several energy suppliers provide installation services for home chargers. In Ireland, the government offers a €300 grant for home charger installations, facilitated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). In Northern Ireland, the Electric Vehicles Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) is no longer accepting new applicants, having been replaced by the EV Chargepoint Grant.

What is the Cost of a Full Charge at Home?

Charging your EV overnight at home using discounted night-rate electricity can cost as little as €3 (£3). Contact your energy supplier for detailed information.

Charging Your EV On The Go

Charging your EV outside of the home

Many people are concerned about running out of battery or not making it to their destination. There are two items to concern here.

  1. When buying your EV you should always consider the driving range to ensure you can carry out your activities with little to no interruptions
  2. The charge point infrastructure is consistently growing and more centers being built.

Bearing these two in mind, you should be able to drive to any location with the right driving range vehicle and the infrastructure that's currently in place. This infrastructure is always improving which is another positive.

Most shopping centers throughout Ireland now have a dedicated zone for charging electric vehicles. Hotels across the country are assigning EV charging points. So once you arrive at your location, whether that be the weekly shop, or a weekend away, you are sure to find a zone to charge your vehicle.

Other EV Charging Options

When you buy your Electric Vehicle, you will also get a charging cable that will allow you to charge your vehicle from a normal home power supply. While this takes more time than the above options, it provides extra security when you arrive at a location that has no designated EV charging points. ​​

Fast Charing

Fast charging zones are a key benefit when buying an electric vehicle. Fast charging can produce 80% battery in as little as 30 mins. Fast charging takes place at charge points using a certain cable. ​​

Different EV Chargers at Public Charge Points

1. DC CHADEMO: This connector is used to charge Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi vehicles.

2. CCS COMBO: This connector is used to charge EVs such as BMW, Volkswagen, Hyundai etc.

3. AC 43: This connector is used to charge EVs such as the Renault Zoe.​​

How Long Does It Take To Charge An EV

There are three different types of charging options:

  • Home charging - 6-8 hours
  • Public charging (Standard AC) - 1-6 hours depending on the car model and range
  • Fast charging (DC) - 30* minutes to achieve an 80% charge
  • High Power Charging - 100km range in as little as 6 minutes

*Times change from model to model due to different types and battery sizes of Electric vehicles. 


Difference Between AC and DC Power Electric Vehicle

  • AC (Alternating Current): Commonly used in residential and commercial settings, AC charging involves converting power from AC to DC inside the vehicle.
  • DC (Direct Current): Faster charging is achieved through DC charging, where power is converted from AC to DC in the charger before entering the vehicle.

Tethered vs. Untethered Cables

Most charging networks includes both tethered (cable provided) and untethered (cable needed) chargers. High-power and most fast chargers are tethered, while standard chargers are untethered, requiring users to plug in their own cable.

How Can I Find the Nearest Charge Point?

Real-time information on the location and availability status of chargers is accessible through the ESB ecar connect app and our charge point map.