Electric car charging points to replace phone boxes

Instead of pushing button B to talk, you’ll soon be plugging in to charge. Ireland’s national electric car charging network is set for a significant expansion in the coming months, with an agreement between telecoms company Eir and car charger installer EasyGo to replace 180 public telephone booths with charging points.

Almost €10-million will be invested in the plan, and the first units should be switched on in January.

The chargers will be rapid charging units, capable of recharging an electric vehicle (EV) – depending upon the size and capacity of its battery – to 80 per cent full in just 30-minutes.

The chargers themselves, which supply DC power, are made by Tritium, an Australian company.