ESB introduces charges for its electric car chargers

The ESB has unveiled its charging plans for its electric car charging network, which will include subscription and pay-as-you-go models for electric car users.

The scheme will initially introduce fees for the body’s fast chargers, with users being charged for the use of 50kw outlets from November 18.

The two price plans available for the use of fast charging outlets are as follows;

  • The pay as you go option will be charged at 33 cent per kWh.
  • The membership/subscription model will cost €5 a month, with a reduced charging fee of 29 cent per kW.

Drivers who sign up before the end of November will have the monthly fee waived for 12 months.

The standard 22kW will remain free while upgrades to the network are taking place, according to the ESB.

The introduction of fees for use of the public network is part of a €20 million expansion of the public network.

Speaking on the initiative, Head of ESB Ecars Niall Hogan said, ” If like most electric vehicle drivers, you do most of your charging at home, where it is cheapest and most convenient, then you’ll keep paying for the energy you use as you already do.

“What we are really talking about is the fast charging network. We have about 70 of those chargers around the country, and we have a flexible price plan to suit how little or how often people use the public charging network,” said Hogan.

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