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 – LAST UPDATED 03/02/23


ESB

  • Details – ESB say they will replace their entire public charging network in Northern Ireland. They have committed to replacing 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 – Originally slated to commencing in Summer 2022, with a completion forecast by “August 2023”. This is unlikely to be achievable now as no work was undertaking in 2022. 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 including Lidl supermarkets.
  • Funding – DC chargers privately funded scheme part of €15 million all-island project.
  • Time Scale – Began 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 – Work began in Summer 2022 with completion forecast by end of 2024. More details here

FASTER Project

  • Details – Will install 24 Rapid Chargers in Northern Ireland. Proposed location details have now been release.
  • 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 October 2023. More details here

Council Consortium

  • Details – 124 AC charging sites, located on-street and in car-parks near residential areas without off-street parking (not including Belfast City or Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council areas).
  • Funding – 10 of the 11 councils here joined together to form a consortium. At the end of March 2022, 9 of the 10 members of the consortium applied for funding from the OZEV On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS), administered by the Energy Saving Trust. In August 2022 the consortium confirmed it had been successful, with a 75% grant (£1,348,370) from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, plus matched funding from DfI (£500,000).
  • Time Scale – Originally due to commencing Summer 2022, now due to be installed by Summer/Autumn 2023.

Belfast City Council

  • Details – Currently developing an EV Strategy.
  • Funding – Awaiting details.
  • Time Scale – Awaiting details.

Ionity

  • Details – Ionity’s first site in Northern Ireland has been revealed as The Kennedy Centre in Belfast (currently in planning). Plans show as many as 11 Ultra-rapid charging bays. More sites are planned in Northern Ireland.
  • Funding – Privately funded
  • Time Scale – Awaiting details

InstaVolt

  • Details – InstaVolt’s first site in has been revealed as the McDonalds in Strabane (currently in planning) for 2 Rapid chargers. We look forward to seeing more sites across Northern Ireland.
  • Funding – Awaiting details
  • Time Scale – Awaiting details

Maxol

  • Details – The Maxol Group initially opened a pilot rapid charger at their Townparks Service Station. In December 2022. Maxol then opened their impressive rapid charging hub at Kinnegar in Holywood at the end of 2022 and shortly after added a 150kW charger at their Crumlin Road station in Belfast.
  • 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 2021 – with two other sites completed in quarter 4 2022. Over the next 24 months high speed chargers are planned to be installed at a further 4 sites in Northern Ireland.

Tesla

  • DetailsThe Belfast Supercharger opened at the Boucher Road Service Centre in November 2022. Other locations have been mentioned for potential new sites, including Derry/Londonderry and Dungannon.
  • Funding – Tesla
  • Time Scale – Ongoing

Gridserve


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. Here is the list of sites.
  • Funding – Private?
  • Time Scale – Tesco aim to install points in up to 10 stores around Northern Ireland in 2022.

SSE Energy Solutions

  • Details – At least 30 x 150kW ultra-rapid charging hubs over both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, all of which will be powered by 100% green electricity.
  • Funding – €35m (£30.1m)
  • Time Scale – 4 year project starting in 2023

Innovative Power Generation (IPG)

  • Details – Plans for multiple sites with 20+ x 350 kW DC Rapid chargers in off grid GROW TO GO centres across Northern Ireland and beyond.
  • Funding – Private
  • Time ScaleFirst centre in Coleraine scheduled to open around Q2 2023

Shared Island Sports Club EV Charging Scheme

  • Details – A scheme to install a DC rapid and an AC destination charger at sports clubs across Ireland. For more information visit gov.ie
  • Funding – €15 million all-island scheme, funded by the Irish Government.
  • Time Scale – Applications opened on 30th January 2023.

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 Change Act 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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    • Is it only me? Sorry to say, it’s now September and driving around NI I’m seeing very little evidence of any of these schemes being underway.

      • We don’t see much being delivered yet, and most if 2023 or end of 2024. Until then we have to make do with people hugging chargers for days (in some cases)

  1. Good to see supermarkets providing EV charging. (Tesco, Lidl ) but disappointing that Tesco NI only gets 7kw chargers in NI but up to 50kw in GB. 7kw for an hour will only give about 20 miles range.

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