Eir and EasyGo are to replace up to 180 eir telephone kiosks in Ireland with Electric Vehicle Rapid Chargers.

The telecommunications company has joined forces with the Irish car charging network provider to roll out rapid electric car chargers in towns and cities across the country.

EasyGo and eir will be using Tritium's next-generation simultaneous DC Rapid Chargers, adding up to 100km range to an EV and providing up to 80% of the required charge in 30 minutes. 

"Eir is committed to playing our part in the creation of a greener, more sustainable Ireland," said eir CEO, Carolan Lennon. "Replacing our little-used legacy infrastructure with Rapid Chargers will make the transition to electric vehicles a viable alternative for thousands of people across the country, further driving forward the decarbonisation of Ireland and helping to meet our climate targets."

Tritium is working with EasyGo and eir to develop a scalable solution that can be installed quickly in urban and public environments where there is growing demand for charging infrastructure.

The move will increase the appeal of electric vehicles for drivers as it will reduce range anxiety which is one of the main barriers to Ireland's goal of having 936,000 EVs on Irish roads, through its Climate Action Plan 2030. Transport accounts for one-third of Ireland's energy-related CO2 emissions.

The Rapid DC Chargers can charge a vehicle up to 80% in less than 30 minutes. The EasyGo network is today used by more than 7,000 Irish EV drivers who can find, use, and pay for charging at more than 1,200 charge-points nationally.

Locations, where first chargers can go live, will be announced after consultation with local authorities.