eir and EasyGo to replace up to 180 telephone kiosks with electric vehicle charge points

Dublin, December 7th 2020: eir and EasyGo have today announced they will replace up to 180 eir telephone kiosks with Electric Vehicle Rapid Chargers nationwide. Ireland’s largest telecommunications company has joined forces with Ireland’s largest car charging network provider to roll-out rapid electric car chargers in towns and cities across Ireland. EasyGo and eir will be utilizing Tritium’s world-first, next-generation simultaneous DC Rapid Chargers, adding up to 100km range to an Electric Vehicle and providing up to 80% of the required charge in just 30 minutes. 

Carolan Lennon, CEO of eir, said: "Radical transformation is required to meet the challenge of climate change. eir is committed to playing our part in the creation of a greener, more sustainable Ireland. Replacing our little-used legacy infrastructure with state-of-the-art Rapid Chargers will make the transition to electric vehicles a viable alternative for thousands of people across the country, further driving forward the decarbonisation of Ireland and helping to meet our climate targets."

Gerry Cash, EasyGo Director, said: "EasyGo is delighted to partner with eir and we look forward to working with local councils, the SEAI and the Government as we support the growing Electric Vehicle community, the environment, and rural regeneration through this exciting roll-out of chargers nationally".  

Tritium is working in collaboration with EasyGo and eir to develop a scalable solution that can be installed quickly in urban and public environments where there is growing demand for easy-to-access charging infrastructure.

The move will increase the appeal of electric vehicles for drivers as it will reduce range anxiety which is one of the main barriers to Ireland’s goal of having 936,000 EVs on Irish roads, under its Climate Action Plan 2030. Transport accounts for one-third of Ireland’s energy-related CO2 emissions. This initiative will help accelerate the replacement of internal combustion engine vehicles with EVs, the most practical solution for reducing transport carbon emissions.

In rural areas, where public transport is far less available, it is even more important that people can go electric with confidence that charging infrastructure is in place. The world-class Rapid DC Chargers can charge a vehicle up to 80% in less than 30 minutes. The EasyGo network is today used by more than 7,000 Irish EV drivers that can find, use, and pay for charging at more than 1,200 charge-points nationally. Locations, where first chargers can go live, will be announced after consultation with local authorities.