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Sunday 15 September 2019

Wexford is on the map for electric car charging facilities

Sample of Ionity’s smart charger at Circle K
Sample of Ionity’s smart charger at Circle K

Cathy Lee

The German company Ionity has been visiting Gorey recently with the hope of launching its second Irish electrical car charging unit at Circle K Gorey on the M11 at Ballyellen, which opened its doors in April.

Since 2017, Ionity has been and is currently installing charging stations all across Europe, and the company recently installed its 100th European site in Norway.

Some of these spaces have the ability for up to six cars to charge, and the company plans to install four charging units at the Gorey location, with the potential of extending this to six.

The only other station that Ionity operates in at the moment is at Cashel in Tipperary and there are six more Ionity sites planned for Ireland.

'We are looking to have the Gorey charging centre complete by July 12 so we can go live. After a period of a week and a half of testing, they are normally available for customers. There will be four chargers with 300 kilowatts power, so this will be fast charging,' said a spokesperson for Ionity.

'We at Ionity saw the route in advance before coming to Gorey and with the new roadworks underway, we see now that Wexford is a highly relevant place for electric vehicles. It has a good location, and Gorey Circle K has a new and stylish feel. Gorey is the best place for us to offer our services,' the spokesperson said.

Ionity is a joint venture between the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company, and the Volkswagen group with Audi and Porsche.

The spokesperson explained that charging stations are usually located about 120 kms apart, to meet the needs of the electric car user and Ionity chargers are high-speed.

A new government report, Climate Action Plan to Tackle Climate Breakdown, sets out measures aimed at improving the take-up of electric vehicles.

'The publication of the all of Government climate plan is a landmark moment in the fight against climate breakdown. This plan will give Irish people a cleaner, safer and more sustainable future and will benefit generations of people in Wexford,' said Minister Michael D'Arcy.

The plan will an increase of 950,000 electric vehicles onto Irish roads, and the delivering a nationwide charging network, an electric vehicle scrappage scheme and legislation to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030.

In the report, all councils will be provided with greater capital investment by the end of the year to develop on-street chargers with the hope to also extend the existing grant around the uptake of electric vehicles with home vehicle charging.

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