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You can now find a plug-in point for your electric car "every 60km"

What do you mean you don’t have an electric car? Get with the programme.

This is the publicity shot sent in by the ESB. We're not entirely sure why this woman appears to be dressed as a nurse.
This is the publicity shot sent in by the ESB. We're not entirely sure why this woman appears to be dressed as a nurse.
Image: PAUL SHARP PHOTOGRAPHY

THERE AREN’T VERY many electric cars in Ireland just yet — but if you happen to be amongst the tiny proportion of people who drive one, at least you’ll be able to find somewhere to plug it in.

There are now more than 1,200 public charge points around the island of Ireland, the ESB confirmed today, as it announced it had completed its programme of installation for “vehicle fast chargers”.

It means there’s now a place to plug in your car ‘every 60 kilometres along Ireland’s main roads’ according to the energy provider.

The new “fast chargers” — which allow a driver a charge of up to 80 per cent in around 25 minutes – are located at:

  • The M4 at Enfield
  • The N4 at Carrick-on-Shannon
  • The M5 at Ballinasloe
  • The M7 at Monasterevin
  • The M8 at Cahir
  • The M9 at Kilkenny City
  • And the M11 at Gorey

There’s also fast chargers on the M1 Dublin to Belfast road, and at a number of commercial sites – including Applegreen, Topaz, Tesco, Supervalu and Londis outlets.

In addition, there are 10 AC chargers installed at Irish Rail sites.

A regularly-updated map of public charge points can be found online here via the ESB eCars website…

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The government has set ambitious targets for the introduction of e-cars in the coming years — with 10 per cent of all vehicles to be electric-run by 2020.

So far, however, it appears there are more charge-points than vehicles. There were 259 electric vehicles registered in the country last year.

Read: How well is Ireland set up for electric cars?

Read: Electric cars can now be powered up at Dublin Airport

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