Complete guide to the ESB ecars charging network

Need to charge your electric car on the ESB ecars charging network? This is how it works

ESB ecars operates and maintains 1,100 public charging points across Ireland, including Northern Ireland. It’s part of the ESB Group, Ireland’s state-owned electricity supplier.

Electric-car drivers can download an ‘ecar connect’ app to locate their nearest charge point, with the ability to narrow your search by charging type and availability.

ecars’ chargers are conveniently located in public locations and can be accessed using a single charge-point access card. There’s also a network of more than 70 fast chargers in the Republic of Ireland, primarily at service stations to allow for longer journeys between major towns and cities.

There are an additional 17 public fast chargers in Northern Ireland. On average, a fast charge point can charge an electric vehicle up to 80% in as little as 25 minutes.

How ecars works

Users can register online at ecars website to receive an ESB charge point RFID access card, giving you access to the public charge point network in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The network is currently free to use, although normal parking charges apply.

Type 2, CCS and CHAdeMO connections are the most common on the network. To give you an idea of charging times, a Type 2 charger running at 7kW will fully charge a 40kWh Nissan Leaf in around six hours, while a 50kW CHAdeMO charger should perform a 0-80% top-up in less than 60 minutes.