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. Qualifying electric car owners can register for an electric car home charge point by filling out the online form here.
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
- Ensure that the electric vehicle is parked in a position that makes it easy to insert the connector
- 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
- Make sure that the cables are connected properly to the charge point and the car before calling the help centre
- Ensure your charging timer is turned off before you start charging (if applicable to your car)
- Charge up and move on – only occupy a charging spot while your car is being charged
- If your charging session is completed – whether when your battery is full or when you have adequate range to comfortably reach your destination – unplug and move your car, making way for a fellow plug-in driver
- Report any faults to our Customer Service helpline 01 258 3799 / 1890 372 378
- Safety First – Practise safe charging. Do not block the footbath or park unsafely to allow you 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 3799/1890 372 387 to report it.
- Once you have completed re-charging your ecar at a public charge point, please vacate the EV space to all other EV drivers to access the infrastructure
- 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.
*As always, your safety is paramount, therefore if you have a safety concern, please contact our 24/7 helpline on 01 258 3799/1890 372 387 to report it.