ecarNI network

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With comprehensive coverage of Northern Ireland, ecarni is one of the most important EV charging networks in the country. Created with support from UK and Northern Irish governments, local authorities, and energy companies, ecarni is operated by the ESB Group, under its ecars division.

The network requires users to first sign up with an account, before they can then access ecarni charge points via RFID card. All charge points are free to access though once the account has been set up, including rapid chargers and those units on key tourist routes.

How much does the ecarni network cost?


Membership cost:

Cost per charge:
Free – including Rapids

To discover how much it will cost to charge an EV from an ecarni charge point, head to Zap-Map’s Public Charging Calculator. This allows you to select any new or used plug-in vehicle, and tailor elements – such as electricity cost and charge required – for personalised results.

How to use the ecarni network

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Access to the ecarni network is made via an RFID card.

Finding ecarni points on Zap-Map

ecarni filters

All ecarni points can be found on Zap-Map by using the network filter. This can be used on the desktop and mobile apps, and displays only those points available to use by ecarni customers.


Accessing points on other networks

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As ESB operates the ecarni network, members can also access the ESB ecars network in the Republic of Ireland. Likewise ESB ecars network customers from the Republic of Ireland can access ecarni points.

About ecarsni

There are around 200 ecarsni charge points on Zap-Map, with 350 or so connectors available for members to use. Operated by ESB, the network combined ecarni and ESB ecars networks cover all of Ireland, with approximately 650 charge points available to members.

Founded in 2011 by the Northern Ireland Department for Regional Development (DRD) and Department of Environment (DoE) under the Plugged-in Places banner, ecarni was set-up to promote the uptake of electric vehicles in the country. In 2015, the running of the network was awarded to the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) which continues to operate networks both sides of the Irish border.