ESB increases the price for charging electric cars by up to 53 percent


ESB will increase the price for charging an electric vehicle at its charging points by up to 53 percent starting next month.

The company said it could not continue providing the service without increasing charging costs at its ports as electricity costs in Ireland had “risen to unprecedented levels”.

“Unfortunately, the wholesale cost of electricity has risen significantly to unprecedented levels in both Ireland and Europe over the past year,” the ESB said in a statement on Tuesday.

“This significant increase in our operating costs means we cannot continue to offer our service to you without increasing rates across our network.

“Despite significant price increases on the wholesale market over the past 12 months, ESB has not increased its prices since the introduction of usage-based payment in the public charging network in October 2019. Until then, use of the public charging network was free for the previous 10 years,” the company said.

The standard unit of electricity at charging stations is the kilowatt hour (kWh) and the price increase for standard charging will increase from 23 cents per kWh to 35 cents, an increase of 52 percent.

With the fast charge ports, it will jump from 26C to 41C, a 53 per cent increase.

The monthly subscription for using the ports will also increase from €4.60 to €4.99, ESB confirmed.

Those who are not members and only use the ports on a pay-as-you-go basis will also see their fee increase to 39 cents per kWh for standard charging and 45 cents for fast charging, an increase of 45 percent or 48 percent.

The fees for a longer stay at charging stations also increase to €8. ESB increases the price for charging electric cars by up to 53 percent

Fry Electronics Team

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