Circle K noted that it will invest a total of €7 million to instal EV chargers at over 30 Circle K forecourts across Ireland by 2025.
This investment enhances Circle K’s existing network of EV chargers through its strategic partnerships with ESB, Ionity and Tesla, with chargers located at 42 service stations.
Circle K’s first two own-brand EV-charging points have opened at Circle K Junction 5, M9, Rathcrogue, Co. Carlow, and Circle K Junction 14, M8, Gortore, Fermoy, Co. Cork.
These first two locations will offer charging speeds of up to 300kW, with future chargers to offer 150kW, giving EV drivers the ability to easily charge their vehicles quickly and conveniently.
Commenting on the launch, Gordon Lawlor, managing director, Circle K Ireland, said, ”EV is something we have been extremely focused on for a number of years. Being part of the Circle K global network means we have access to the very latest thinking and key developments on EV charging, especially from our colleagues in Norway, who are leading the way in terms of electrification.
“This, coupled with our expertise locally, puts us in a very strong position to support our customers. We intend to use this expertise in the years ahead, to continue adding chargers to our network.”
With EVs at the heart of the Irish government’s plans to decarbonise the transport sector – as outlined in the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Strategy 2022-2025 – Circle K noted that it is committed to supporting this strategy through the enhancement of its own EV-charging network and growing the EV-charging infrastructure nationwide.
Speaking at the launch of Circle K’s new own-brand EV chargers, the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and the Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan, said, “Ensuring motorists have easy access to charging facilities across the country will play a key role in our transition away from internal-combustion-engine vehicles.
“Today’s announcement will support the government’s goal of rapidly increasing the number of publicly accessible chargers across Ireland, and will help to give even more motorists the confidence to make the switch to an electric vehicle.”