With comprehensive coverage of the Republic of Ireland, ESB ecars is one of the most important EV charging networks in the country. Supported by the Republic of Ireland government, local authorities, and energy companies, ESB ecars is operated by the ESB Group, the country’s electricity supplier.
The network requires users to first sign up for an account before they can then access ESB ecars 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 ESB ecars network cost?
Membership cost: Free
Cost per charge: Free – including Rapids
To discover how much it will cost to charge an EV from an ESB ecars 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 ESB ecars network
Access to the ESB ecars network is made via an RFID card.
Finding ESB ecars points on Zap-Map
All ESB ecars 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.
Charging types and speeds can be filtered too, showing only those points that are compatible with users’ cars.
Accessing points on other networks
About ESB ecars
There are around 450 ESB ecars charge points on Zap-Map, more than 750 connectors available for members to use. Operated by ESB, the combined ecarni and ESB ecars networks cover all of Ireland, with approximately 650 charge points available to members.
Established in 2010 by ESB and other partners, ecars was set-up to support the first phase of electric vehicle owners in the country, and to develop and expand as the market increased. 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.