Rapid Charging Hub

Here’s our summary of public charging projects for Northern Ireland. We will update this page as things develop over the months ahead so please bookmark and check back.


ESB

  • Details – ESB will replace their entire public charging network in Northern Ireland. ESB ecars will replace the existing fast chargers with new chargers at 100 locations, upgrade 20+ sites from 22kW fast AC chargers to 100kW Rapid DC chargers and upgrade the existing 50kW Rapid DC chargers to 100kW where grid capacity is available. They will also open at least 5 new High-Powered (200kW) Charging hubs.
  • Funding – £3.27 million grant from the Levelling Up Fund, with matched funding from ESB.
  • Time Scale – Commencing Summer 2022 – completion forecast by August 2023. More details here

EasyGo

  • Details – Up to 100 DC rapid chargers right across Northern Ireland, along with more fast AC chargers in convenient, comfortable, and safe car parks, hospitality and retail business locations.
  • Funding – DC chargers privately funded scheme part of €15 million all-island project.
  • Time Scale – Starting Spring / Summer 2022, completion by mid-2024. More details here

Weev

  • Details – Scheme to add 1,500 “charging points” (a mixture of AC destination and DC rapids) at 350 locations around NI, including 6 ultra-rapid charging hub sites.
  • Funding – Privately funded £20 million investment.
  • Time Scale – Commencing Summer 2022 – completion forecast by end of 2024. More details here

FASTER Project

  • Details – Will install around 25 Rapid Chargers in Northern Ireland.
  • Funding – The FASTER Project has been funded by the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme managed by the Special EU Programme’s Body (SEUPB). DfI contributed €513,945 towards this project which is being run by East Border Region.
  • Time Scale – Officially launched September 2021 – due for completion by December 2023. More details here

Council Consortium

  • Details – Around 135 AC charging sites located on-street and in car-parks near residential areas without off-street parking.
  • Funding – 10 of the 11 councils here have joined together to form a consortium. At the end of March 2022 the consortium applied for funding from the OZEV On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS), administered by the Energy Saving Trust. In addition to the 75% grant from EST, DfI has offered £350,000 of matched funding to facilitate the project.
  • Time Scale – Commencing Summer 2022 – running until Summer/Autumn 2023.

Belfast City Council

  • Details – Awaiting details.
  • Funding – Awaiting details.
  • Time Scale – Awaiting details.

Maxol

  • Details – The Maxol Group opened a pilot rapid charger at their Townparks Service Station and has announced plans to install 3 high-speed EV chargers at Maxol Kinnegar in Holywood, and 1 high speed charger at Maxol Crumlin Road Belfast this year.
  • Funding – This is part of Maxol’s overall retail investment strategy and will complement the significant investment in upgrading shop and food facilities at each location. .
  • Time Scale – The first Rapid charger was installed in Antrim in late quarter 4 2021 – the other two sites are due by the end of quarter 3 2022. Over the next 24 months high speed chargers are planned to be installed at a further 4 sites in Northern Ireland.

Tesla

  • Details – A Belfast Supercharger site is currently targeted on the Tesla map. Other locations are rumoured, one in the north west is expected for example, although unconfirmed.
  • Funding – Tesla
  • Time Scale – Tesla’s first Supercharger has been coming to Northern Ireland for years now. It is expected that a Belfast site will finally open in 2022.

Gridserve

  • Details – A new rapid charging hub will be located at Dobbies Garden Centre Lisburn, just off junction 6 of the M1, with “6 x DC Rapid Charging bays, each greater than 50kW”.
  • Funding – Private
  • Time Scale – Due first half 2023. See this Tweet

Everun

  • Details – Everun are developing their own 60kW rapid charging network to build upon the 250+ workplace & domestic installations already carried out. The energy group will develop 80+ publicly accessible sites throughout the province and further expansion across all of Ireland, as well as workplace options for employers.
  • Funding – Privately funded
  • Time Scale – Started 2021, ongoing.

TESCO

  • Details – Tesco are partnering with Pod Point and Volkswagen to roll out charging bays in their Extra and Superstore car parks throughout the UK. 7kW and 22kW AC chargers are free to use with payment required for 50kW rapids where available. The list of sites currently shows one store in Northern Ireland, Tesco Extra Craigavon.
  • Funding – Private?
  • Time Scale – Tesco aim to install points in up to 10 stores around Northern Ireland in 2022.

Others

If you are one of the other organisations planning to invest in EV charging infrastructure in Northern Ireland then please get in touch to have your project added here.

The Future

It is wonderful to see multiple public charging schemes now coming to Northern Ireland.

The Climate Bill (2) ensures that the Department for Infrastructure must plan for the future and “develop and publish Sectoral Plans for the Infrastructure sector setting out how the sector will contribute to the achievement of the targets“. The research the Department commissioned and published last December finds that around 1,000 rapid chargers are required here by 2025 and we very much look forward to seeing DfI now moving to the implementation stage.

We also urge DfI, DfE, the Utility Regulator and the DNO to work hard together to solve the issues around grid capacity, connection pricing and network planning. We must ease the path for all Charge Point Operators investing in Northern Ireland.

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