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EasyGo becomes Ireland’s first private charging provider for electric cars

Wednesday, 3rd April, 2019 3:59pm, Ireland’s first privately-owned electric vehicle charging network, has unveiled Ireland’s most advanced, publicly-available charger at the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan. has deployed a Veefil-RT 50kW DC rapid charger from world-leading DC charging technology specialists, Tritium.

The successful installation marks the first deployment of a rapid charger in Ireland on a new site in some time, and marks the first deployment of a 50kW DC public charger on a private network in Ireland. The charger, the most advanced of its kind with the smallest physical footprint in the world, can add 50 kilometres of range to an electric vehicle in just 10 minutes., founded in 2018 by Chris Kelly and Gerry Cash, also announced plans to install 88 of Tritium’s DC rapid chargers by the end of 2020, with at least 20 to be deployed by the end of 2019, leading to the creation of up to 50 new jobs in operations and customer support.

“Sales of new EVs in Ireland have increased by 541 per cent this year alone, so it’s clear we’ll need more charge points to cater for an increase in EVs on the road,” said founder, Chris Kelly.

“EV drivers are always looking for places to charge and the availability of this and future rapid chargers will help ensure drivers have options across Ireland, from Malin Head to Mizen Head.”

The charger was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel in Monaghan recently. The ceremony was attended by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys.

“The deployment of the DC rapid charger is yet another step forward in our efforts to combat climate change,” said Minister Humphreys. “Ireland has been a leader in the eMobility space for some time, and with entering the market and establishing itself quickly with installations such as this one and those planned for the future, Ireland will continue to lead the way.” partnered with Tritium to leverage Tritium’s expertise in design, deployment and engineering, combined with its superior backend consultation and support capabilities. Tritium has installed chargers in more than 29 countries and its Veefil-RT is considered the most advanced charger of its kind in the world, with the smallest physical footprint – ensuring installation can be undertaken unobtrusively and successfully in areas where real estate or space is at a premium.

“It’s been proven time and again the world over that the installation of publicly-available rapid charging options leads to greater electric vehicle uptake,” said Kevin Pugh, Business Development Manager for Tritium, UK and Ireland.

“With EasyGo planning to install chargers at an additional 88 sites in two years, you’ll start to see a noticeable increase in EV uptake and this will have a major impact in helping Ireland achieve its climate change goals.

“People see publicly-available chargers and begin to see that, as the infrastructure is being put into place, EVs are clearly here to stay.”

Each Veefil-RT DC rapid charger features a modem which can alert and EV drivers – using the web app (with a native app coming soon) – in real-time if the charger is available or not.

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