ESB has unveiled its most powerful and fastest charging station ever for electric cars. It can deliver enough power in six minutes to drive a top-level electric car for 100 kilometers.
It can load six of those cars at that fast rate, plus two more at one-third that rate, all at the same time.
This new high-power electric vehicle charging center occupies eight parking spaces at Junction 14 gas station in Mayfield on the M7 motorway near Monasterevin in Co Kildare.
Its three largest charging machines – there are four in total – are each capable of pumping 150 kilowatts of power per hour.
That’s enough to charge a small development, according to John Byrne, head of ESB eCars. Never before has so much electrical energy been made available to the general public for such easy access and in such a small space.
Mr. Byrne said it was the future. But to get there, ESB had to build a new electrical substation nearby on the grounds of the gas station. They also installed a myriad of electrical connections and high-tech infrastructure in a fenced area just behind the charging center.
It will cost a member of the public 37 cents for each unit of electricity they use while charging.
The number of units you might need to get a full no-load charge can range from 24 to 95 units (kilowatts) depending on the battery capacity of each electric car model.
Either way, it’s highly unlikely that drivers will show up for a charge with an empty battery in the first place.
The cost of 37 cents per unit of fast electricity represents a significant saving on the cost of refueling a gasoline or diesel car. Still, it’s at least three times more expensive than charging at home.
Standard household electric car chargers deliver between 3 and 6 kilowatts per hour, a fraction of the 150 kilowatts offered by these new mega-machines in Mayfield. The charging speed is very convenient, but it also has to be paid for.
Today’s launch of the high-power electric vehicle charging platform is part of a â¬ 20 million investment program funded by the government’s Climate Action Plan and BSE.
A process of improving and expanding our national electric vehicle charging infrastructure is well underway. ESB aims to have 50 charging stations, while continuing to upgrade the national charging infrastructure.
It has already installed six high-power hubs that allow three cars to be recharged at the same time. It also replaced 590 charging points and upgraded 31 standard chargers to faster speeds.
Environment, Climate, Communications and Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said a great thing about promoting electric vehicles and rolling out new charging infrastructure is that we end up using our clean energy to drive our cars, especially wind power.
It creates jobs and reduces our carbon emissions. He himself recently took possession of a brand new Volkswagen iD3 electric car which he drove until launch.
“These are better cars and easier to drive. They are the future of the automobile,” he said.
For the Mayfield gas station, there is very little profit (if any) from this new mega charging hub. Mayfield earns no margin or profit on distributed electricity. The space, including the eight parking spaces, was literally rented out by ESB.
There is no doubt that the gas station will benefit a little from motorists who go for a coffee or a bite to eat, while their cars are charging. But there isn’t much money here for the gas station yet.
It has been hosting ESB and recharging electric cars since it opened 10 years ago. Mayfield manager Liam Fitzpatrick said owners were keenly aware of the need for more uptime, innovation and better charging speeds while trying to make the automobile more sustainable.
ESB’s Executive Director of Customer Solutions, Marguerite Sayers, said: âTransportation electrification is a key part of ESB’s low-carbon strategy for a better future and the new high-power charging center. is an important step. “