Destination charging on the road to success
The recent exponential rise in the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on Ireland’s roads has created an acute need to increase the number of charging stations concurrently, to avoid range anxiety becoming a real issue for EV drivers. If there are too few chargers to satisfy demand, it could result in long queues and frustrated motorists and potentially a fall in future EV sales, which would represent a significant backward step in the race to net zero.
Home chargers are by far the most widely used form of recharging, with more than 70% of Ireland’s EV owners choosing to power their vehicles in this way. Home charging typically takes place overnight, especially for those on time-of-use tariffs that can take advantage of cheaper electricity rates. However, in order to further the progress of a nationwide transition to EVs, it is evident that substantial growth of the associated public-charge infrastructure is required.
To help support this growth, many forward-thinking businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors are investing in EV charge points for their premises, to attract new visitors and cultivate repeat business.