So you are thinking about the option of an electric car charger? Great! You’ve come to the right place.
To learn more about electric car chargers Ireland, let’s look first at the current EV situation in Ireland
EVs in Ireland are made up of BEVs which are completely electric cars and need to be plugged in to charge. PHEVs, also known as ‘hybrids’ on the other hand, can be plugged in as well as using engine charging.
As of early 2020, the number of EVS driving on Irish roads is on a rapid increase. Diesel engines still make up for over 40% of cars, petrol 38% and hybrids and EVs taking an almost 20% market share. The sale of EVs in Ireland was up 11% at the end of 2019.
According to the transport department there are 2.7 million vehicles on Irish roads and 2.1 million of those are private cars.
Options for electric car chargers
There are 3 main options for charging your EV in Ireland today:
1. Home charging – This will cover most of your charging needs. Some homes have reduced tariff night time rates, which make even more sense to charge your car overnight. Your car battery stores and uses power as DC (direct current) and has an on board converter to convert the power it receives from AC (alternating current) home chargers.
2. Public charging from networked charging stations – either ESB or other privately managed networks in commercial spaces. Depending on the size of your car battery, a full charge can take between 1 and 6 hours. Most likely you will use this where you work, when your vehicle is not is use.
3. Fast charging – this is a DC (direct current) charge as opposed to AC (alternate current) charging. It requires more power to charge your car and as such, is often more expensive than AC charging. You might conceivably need this type of charging when on a long road trip, or when you need to use your vehicle unexpectedly. Bear in mind, that not all cars can use a DC charging station – it will depend on the connector type in your EV. All cars however, will have an AC plug in capacity. The DC charge bypasses the vehicle’s on board AC converter and directly charges to the battery. When charging from a DC charger your car will control the amount of charge it receives and you should unplug at 80%. Why? Because the car will fast charge up to 80% and then slow right down – to fill the final 20% will take as long as it took to reach 80%, thus defeating the initial objective of the fast charge. Your mobile app will include DC chargers as well as AC to make them just as easy to use.
Looking to the future
The main barrier to increasing the purchase of EVs in Ireland, is the lack of public charging points nationwide, in addition to the initial expense of the purchase of the vehicle.
EV technology, on the other hand, is improving every day, such that longer range EVs are being produced. This has the knock-on effect of building confidence in the future of these vehicles. The result will be quieter roads and lower emissions, in a dual-fold positive outcome.