In Ireland, Public Charging Stations Outnumber Electric Vehicles 5 to 1

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 9

Charging Stations in Ireland

Charging Stations in Ireland

It’s crazy that there could possibly be a place in the world where public charging point outnumber electric vehicles by a ratio of 5 to 1, isn’t it?

Apparently There Are Loads of These In Ireland But Few EVs

Apparently There Are Loads of These In Ireland But Few EVs

That place exists and it’s called Ireland.

According to just-released figures, Ireland is home to 1,280 public charge points and it’s “continuing to roll out both publicly accessible charging infrastructure and domestic charge points,” says the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.

But there are only 259 electric vehicle registered in Ireland, according to the most recent figures.

Ireland might be slow on the uptake of electric vehicles, but the infrastructure is certainly there.  As the figures show, only 2 EVs were registered in Ireland in 2010.  In 2011, an additional 23 join in.  Then, in 2012 and early 2013, a boom of sorts shot the total figure up to that 259 mark.

More infrastructure is coming soon.  By the end of 2013, Ireland will add 60 quick chargers and up to 1,000 more public charge points, which will cover all main towns and cities.  We’re not sure why Ireland is so keen on all these charger when so few EVs exist there, but we’re not complaining.  We say, the more chargers the merrier.

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9 responses to "In Ireland, Public Charging Stations Outnumber Electric Vehicles 5 to 1"

  1. kdawg says:

    In this case of chicken & the egg, the chickens are in place, waiting for the eggs now.

    For perspective, how many vehicles are sold in Ireland each year?

    1. offib says:

      It’s difficult to get something like monthly sales figures from any manufacturer in Ireland, or much Europe for that matter. But somehow, someone’s actually been keeping the score.

      “As the figures show, only 2 EVs were registered in Ireland in 2010. In 2011, an additional 23 join in. Then, in 2012 and early 2013, a boom of sorts shot the total figure up to that 259 mark.”

      1. kdawg says:

        I’m referring to total auto sales, so I can see what kind of market % EV’s have.

        1. Suprise Cat says:

          Currently about 100k per year. Was much more before financial collapse.

  2. offib says:

    It’s not so peachy. On the map, the icons coloured in purple meaning that they’re out of service have been down for some time. Despite that map coming from ESB, it’s not updated much. There’s a blog (selfficiency.wordpress.com/automotive/nissan-leaf-diary/) from a Leaf driver and writing about experiences with the car and the public chargers in Ireland, and the biggest problems are that maintenance or repairs for the street chargers are unreliable and petrol cars are unknowingly or carelessly taking the dedicated spots.

    Still, I have been seeing more Leafs around, some in red which isn’t common, globally. Still, those Leafs mainly had a 131 registration, meaning they were sold before July 2013, so they’re 2012s. They used to cost over €25,000 (probably because of a sell off) and they used to be €29,995 since 2011. Note that these are including the government’s €5000 incentive off the price.
    Now the 2013 model starts from €20,990, which is very competitive, considering that the New Golf starts from €19,995 and would cost annually over €2000 on fuel alone. So I’ll be expecting to see a lot more.
    The only considerable downside is that there’s no battery rental program, and Nissan Ireland even boasts a bit about that on their website for the Leaf.

    “Does this price include the battery?
    YES – No separate monthly battery leasing charges will apply”

  3. Kimmi says:

    Ireland could be an interesting market for EV’s, but the Euro economic crisis is damaging the market, last year the EV share was 0,23%, now is just 0,04%. It’s another country in Europe lagging behind the plug-in car Evolution.

    The data i have says this about Ireland:

    2010
    Nissan Leaf – 2 units

    2011
    Nissan Leaf – 45 units
    Peugeot iOn – 1 unit
    Renault Kangoo ZE – 1 Unit
    Total sales – 47

    2012
    Nissan Leaf – 69
    Renault Fluence ZE – 66
    Renault Kangoo ZE -44
    Mitsubishi i-miev – 1
    Peugeot iOn – 1
    Citröen C-Zero – 1
    Total sales – 182

    2013
    Nissan Leaf – 20
    Renault Twizy – 2
    Total sales – 22

  4. Just_chris says:

    Not bad for a country only 486 km (300 miles) long, I think the 2 people who bought Twizy’s have the right idea, who needs all that range anyway.

    On a separate but related note if you sealed the batteries and electrical motor properly do you think you could don some underwater breathing equipment and drive from Ireland to the UK mainland under water in a twizy? The internet tells me it is only 21 km

  5. Foo says:

    Oh… they’re always after me lucky chargers!