33 Quick Chargers In Northern Ireland Remain Never Once Used


Map of Charging Points In Ireland

Map of Charging Points In Ireland

e-car Chargers Gets Inaugurated

e-car Chargers Gets Inaugurated

In Northern Ireland, Department for Regional Development usage data shows that 33 of the 174 fast chargers in Northern Ireland have yet to used even once.

Additionally, the data shows that the majority of the fast-charge points have been used 10 times or less.

Usage figures were updated at the end of 2013, so it’s safe to assume that usage has increased at some stations, though we still believe that a few of the fast chargers remain unused.

A Department for Regional Development spokesperson commented:

“The charging infrastructure supplied by ecar has made electric vehicles a realistic option for drivers here.”

“The growth in usage of charge points here reflects the growing number of electric vehicles on our roads.”

“There were over 2,000 charging events in last quarter of 2013, a 75% increase on previous quarter.”

“As the number of electric vehicles continues to grow across all parts of Northern Ireland, it is anticipated that charging events will continue to increase, and that more charge points will come into use.”

Despite the obvious growth in usage, there are naysayers out there who point out that some of the funding for the chargers came from taxpayer money and that the low initial usage rates for these chargers supposedly suggests a wasting of taxypayer money.

It seems that this negativity towards the government assisting the electric vehicle industry in the early developmental stage just won’t disappear.

Source: U.TV

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18 Comments on "33 Quick Chargers In Northern Ireland Remain Never Once Used"

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Wow. Look at that map. How do they have so many charging stations? There are tons of EVs here in California and we don’t have nearly that many charging stations.

It’s funny how, at least in the US, people say that gov’t is behind, inefficient, etc. Yet, whenever a gov’t entity wants to be proactive, getting ahead of the curve instead of hopelessly behind, then there are automatic fools that come out of the woodwork, yammering that strategic planning like that is a waste of taxpayer money. You see it in the Carolinas and in Florida, where state legislators want to move forward with some preventative measures to prepare for sea-level rise…but the opposition to anything that costs money, no matter how smart, wins, and so nothing is done, and 10 years from now, these same people will be complaining that gov’t didn’t do anything to plan ahead or prevent the problems being faced. The detractors in Northern Ireland are the same. EVs are coming – that much is obvious, so, plan for them! Not everything will be used to projected capacity right away…duh!! But no, common sense isn’t common. People are fools, and powerful people have learned over the millenia how to manipulate fools and give the rest of us no end to headaches and lost opportunities and billions in wasted tax money due to failures to plan ahead…the… Read more »
Mike I

I agree with everything you said. However, I must wonder if someone who had real world experience with an EV chose the locations for the chargers. It is very easy for some bureaucrat to stick pins in a map and develop a charging infrastructure plan that is largely useless in the real world. With so many points, there will inevitably be some that are heavily used, but it is just as inevitable that some will never be used, as was pointed out in this story.


Yeah, apparently they did a pretty bad job of that.

But one thing in favor of being slow . . . we really need to resolve the DC fast charging standards war.

Micke Larsson

It’s not about where they are at. They sold 182 EV’s in 2012, 58(!) in 2013 and 102 in the first quarter of 2014.

So there are like 350 EV’s in total in all of Ireland.

Strange that they don’t get used? Not at all since there are no vehicles to use them on the roads.

Ireland is so small that there is no need for anything but EV’s so I hope the government there soon puts a ban on ICE’s.


Crikey! If I lived in Ireland with my Leaf, there wouldn’t be anywhere I couldn’t go!

Which is the complete opposite of the government effort at greenwashing here in British Columbia, which has been to install a whole 8 chargers in a land mass that is easily quadruple that of Ireland. We have even less excuse, since most of that land isn’t even accessible by *any* car, being so mountainous that nearly all the population lives near about 12 of our highways, 4 of which could come close to being considered “major”.

So if you want to talk about government incompetence, we have stories about disastrous *underspending* by the government.


As I visit Northern Ireland frequently I have seen many of the charging stations – and never once have I seen one in use. The locations, however, always seemed to make sense. Park and Rides or parking lots in town near shops, mostly. In each case (that I’ve seen) there was something worth walking to while you waited for the car to charge.

David Murray

haha.. I’ve said similar things before. Basically all of the climate-change deniers will be the same ones pointing their finger at the government 10 or 20 years from now saying “why didn’t you do something about this problem before it got this far?” They’ll suddenly have amnesia about their previous objections.


It is sad when some people just don’t understand that the only way to solve some “chicken before the egg” problems is to crack some eggs.

The only way people will buy EV’s, is if there is an infrastructure to support their purchase. That means the infrastructure must be built out first, and absolutely will go through a time where it is not used. This is intentional by design.

Yes, they built out the infrastructure ahead of time, so it would be there in the future when it is needed. That is because that is the intelligent, forward thinking way of solving the problem.

If they hadn’t built out these chargers, then all the people who have used the 140 other chargers would have been left high and dry without anywhere to charge. Then the title of this story would have been this:

“Northern Ireland EV owners angry they bought EV’s, and are left with nowhere to charge”



Rob Stark

Strange Tesla has no plans to open stores in Ireland.

GDP per capita is higher than the UK.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

Northern Ireland != Republic of Ireland.


“Taxypayer”? I’m bringing taxy back…

Non-use of quick chargers means either (1) the chargers where they’re not needed or (2) the chargers not readily visible.


Chargers not readily visible?

It’s called plugshare.com…

Brian Smith

I have a theory that potential buyers, when surveyed, must have indicated that the presence of a public charging network was MANDATORY for them to even consider buying an EV.

Then they bought the car and found that most of the time they didn’t need a public charging network: they charge at home, they drive to work, they run an errand or two and plug in at home again.

And the public charging network gather dust.


How many L2 workplace chargers did they install (if any)? I think that tends to get the EV ball rolling better than DC quick chargers. Also much cheaper.


From personal experience, I know that the bureaucracies invovled in charging infrastructure pay little attention to those with EV driving experience. Points of contention include, but are not limite to:
1) Charge site placement. Many are placed where there is too little demand or too much competition with ICE parking.
2) Convenience of payment, if any. Voluntary payment is desired. Please, no RFID, credit cards, or phone calls. “Please make PayPal contributions to….”
3) A multitude of cheap outlets, such as 50 amp RV, if FAR preferred over fewer and far more expensive outlets such as J1772.

Brian Henderson

The tittle “33 Quick Chargers” is not in sync with the text content stating “33 fast chargers”. Perhaps this is why the chargers are not used … no specs on kW rate or type of connector the stations provide!

In future, I would hope that InsideEVs does it’s best to clairify if a charging location is: AC/DC, the max. rate energy can be delivered (kW), and connector plug types a charging network supports. A the very least a link to a web page providing details. Thanks. 😉

FYI: not providing specs on chargers, is like saying a manufacture is about to make 4-wheel vehicles … but not data on drivetrain, or number of seats, etc.