How to charge your ecar
ecars has rolled out an extensive charging network in homes, public areas and service stations. In fact, trials to date have shown that most charging will take place overnight at a conveniently located home charge point.
Charging your electric car is easy with two charging options to choose from:
As part of the deployment of Ireland’s charging infrastructure, ESB committed to installing free home charge points for the purchasers of new EVs that qualified for the SEAI grant. This scheme has now concluded with the installation of 2,300 home chargers.
The Government has announced a new grant of €600 towards the installation of a home charger unit from 1 January 2018. The grant will be administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Details of the new grant scheme can be found at: https://www.seai.ie/grants/electric-vehicle-grants/electric-vehicle-home-charger-grant/
Charging your ecar at home couldn't be easier. Home chargers are convenient and simple to use. A full overnight charge can cost as little as €2 using cheaper night rate electricity (costs vary by vehicle and electricity supplier). The cost of charging at home will simply be added to your regular domestic electricity bill in the normal way.
You can charge your electric car at a nationwide network of publicly accessible charge points in locations such as on-street, shopping centres, car parks. You can locate your nearest charge point on our map here.
For more information on using the charge points on our network, please see the video below. All of our user experience and how-to instruction videos are hosted on our ecars YouTube channel.
Charging your electric cars at the public charge points is easy. Please follow our comprehensive do's and don'ts for charging below.
Dos and Don'ts of ecar Charging
- Always bring your charge point access card on your journey
- Ensure that the electric vehicle is parked in a position that makes it easy to insert the connector
- Ensure your charging timer is turned off before you start charging (if applicable to your car)
- Give the charge point some time to register your access card after you present it to the reader
- Use the same card to start and stop the charging session
- Pay the local parking fee if there is one
- After charging please vacate the space to allow the next driver to recharge
- Note- on a fast multi-standard charger you can only use one of the DC connectors (CHAdeMO and CCS) at a time, however it is possible for the DC connector and fast AC connector to be used at the same time
- Report any faults to our Customer care helpline: 01 258 3799
- Safety First – Practise safe charging. Do not block the footbath or park unsafely in order to reach a charge point if another vehicle is blocking the space.
Note: If you have a safety concern, please contact our 24/7 helpline on 01 258 3799.
- Don’t attempt to unplug somebody else‘s car when they are charging
- Don’t leave cables trailing on the ground as they may cause a trip hazard
- Don’t press the emergency stop to terminate the charge session unless it is an emergency
- Don’t leave your card in your wallet when presenting it to the charge point reader
Electric cars are subject to the same vehicle approval tests as diesel and petrol cars.
*If you have a safety concern, please contact our 24/7 helpline on 01 258 3799.