ecars was established in 2010 by ESB to roll out the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles across Ireland and to support the introduction and demand for electric vehicles nationally.
ecars is now one of the largest charge point networks in Europe and enables electric vehicle (EV) drivers to travel the entire country. ecars plays an ongoing leadership role on Eurelectric’s Task Force on Electromobility; is a global pioneer in the development of a worldwide standard Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) as well as having been involved in several major European electromobility projects including TEN-T, Green eMotion, Mobi.Europe & RCN (Rapid Charge Network) UK.
The Development of ecars and Infrastructure
ecars in Northern Ireland
ecars is now responsible for the operation, maintenance and development of the charge point network for electric vehicle users in Northern Ireland. This came into effect on July 30, 2015.
This move follows the successful completion of the Northern Ireland Plugged in Places (PiP) project. This involved the installation of a network of 334 public charging points across Northern Ireland, jointly managed by the Department for Regional Development (DRD) and Department of Environment (DoE) ecar project, which began in 2011.
As part of the original Plugged in Places (PiP) project, the Northern Ireland electric vehicle infrastructure assets were installed by and belong to Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) Networks and will remain on their electricity distribution network. There is no change in asset ownership; ecars will manage these assets on behalf of NIE Networks.
ecars were members of the Consortium for the PiP Northern Ireland project and have been involved in this from the outset.
For more information on ecars in Northern Ireland, click here.
ecars in the UK
ESB Group has had a presence in the UK since 1992 and in the last five years has invested over STG£2 billion in the UK energy market.
Electrification of transport is vital to decarbonise society and reduce oil dependency and that is why in 2010, ecars launched its Electric Vehicle (EV) Programme and set out its ambition to build one of the first nationwide public charging systems and we now have one of the most advanced end-to-end electric vehicle charging systems in the world.
The ecars team is uniquely positioned to provide solutions across a wide range of electromobility projects and our team has been at the forefront of the development of EV charging infrastructure in Europe.
To find out more about ESB’s other activities in the UK, click here.