Circle K and IONITY expand high-power EV chargers network

Circle K and IONITY expand high-power EV chargers network
Jonathan Diver, Fuels Director at Circle K Ireland; Sarah Bradshaw, Senior Manager E-Mobility & EV Products, Circle K Ireland and Andreas Atkins, IONITY's Country Manager of the UK and Ireland

Forecourt retailer Circle K and high-power charging network IONITY are increasing the number of high-power EV chargers across the Circle K network in Ireland.

IONITY chargers have a charging capacity of up to 350kW and provide 100% green energy.

IONITY will increase the number of high-power charging stations at six Circle K sites across the country including Athlone in Co Westmeath, Gorey in Co Wexford, City North in Co Meath, Cashel in Co Tipperary; and Kill North and Kill South in Co Kildare.

At least two additional high-power chargers will be added at each site – four at City North – which will increase the number of chargers available to customers at each location to six between November 2023 and the first quarter of 2024.

The expansion will bring the total number of IONITY rapid EV chargers at Circle K forecourts to 36.

Circle K also said it will expand the rollout its own branded EV chargers across 30 new sites over the next 18 months in an investment worth €7m. This will add to its existing EV charging network across 44 service stations.

Circle K EV chargers are now open at Circle K Fermoy Junction 14 M8, Circle K Carlow Junction 5 M9 and Circle K Athlone M6.

The installation of four new charging locations has also been completed at Circle K’s forecourts in Westview, Artane and Ashtown in Co Dublin and Gallowshill in Co Waterford.

It said that chargers in these four new locations are currently awaiting power connection, following which they will be available to customers.

Jonathan Diver, Fuels Director with Circle K Ireland, said the company’s partnership with IONITY and the latest expansion announced today emphasise itss commitment to strengthening its EV charging offering to our customers.

“Despite the challenges posed by the high costs and lengthy lead times in securing a grid connection, our team is working hard to provide more high-power charging points for customers throughout the country,” Mr Diver said.

“We will continue to engage with the relevant stakeholders to try and bring these important services to the market quicker to meet the needs of our current and future EV customers, and call for the introduction of grant support for EV infrastructure developments, especially considering extremely high costs in securing a grid connection,” he added.

IONITY’s Country Manager of the UK and Ireland, Andreas Atkins, said that seeing the partnership with Circle K go from strength to strength shows its continued commitment to building a compressive charging infrastructure across Ireland, the UK and the rest of Europe.

“We are proud to provide high-power charging that is 100% green to our customers across Ireland, at speed and with reliability,” he added.