SSE Energy Solutions has today [11 November] announced plans to develop a nationwide EV charging network across Ireland.
The £30m partnership with SSE Airtricity will see at least 30 ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs installed across Ireland over the next four years, all of which will be powered by 100% green electricity.
As part of the EV infrastructure rollout, it has been confirmed that the first hub will open at the Lough Sheever Corporate Park in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath next year. The site will be publicly accessible and designed to accommodate long-wheelbase vehicles and buses, as well as cars and fleet vehicles.
As part of Phase One of the project in 2023, and subject to planning permission, additional hubs with 10 charging bays will be installed in Blanchardstown Business Park and Greenogue Industrial Estate in Dublin.
It is expected that a total of six sites will be operational by the end of 2023, with a further 10 coming online in 2024. Each ultra-rapid bay will have charging capabilities of up to 150 kilowatts (kW), sufficient to deliver 12.5 kms of range per minute of charging (1).
SSE Energy Solutions has committed to installing 300 ultra-rapid charging hubs powered by traceable, renewable energy across the UK and Ireland over the next five years. The very first hub, on Castlebank Street in Glasgow, went live at the end of September.
A 2021 study by the UK’s Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology found that Ireland ranked joint-last in terms of implementing charging infrastructure. The Government’s 2021 Climate Action Plan has set a target of one million EVs on the roads by 2030, including private cars, heavy goods vehicles, small public service vehicles, and larger public transport vehicles.
Figures released last month by the UK’s Department for Transport revealed that Northern Ireland has the lowest level of charging device provision in the UK (18 devices per 100,000).
In addition to announcing this nationwide infrastructure across Ireland, SSE Energy Solutions has also just completed a deal with pan-European portfolio company, M7 Real Estate, to install charging hubs at the 20 locations the company manages in the United Kingdom.
SSE Airtricity is the largest supplier of green energy in Ireland, proudly providing 100% green electricity, natural gas and energy-related services to home and business customers. Since 2008 SSE has invested significantly in Ireland, with a total economic contribution of more than €3.8bn to the economy. SSE owns and operates 28 onshore wind farms totalling 890MW across the island of Ireland, offsetting over 700,000 tonnes in carbon emissions annually.
SSE Airtricity is recognised as the 2022 Green Energy Provider by the Green Awards and is certified by Business in the Community Ireland to the Business Working Responsibly Mark, the ‘gold standard’ for Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Ireland.
The company has approx. 1,000 employees on the island of Ireland and is a certified Living Wage employer.