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Charging a car on trip to NI

  • 11-10-2021 5:36pm
    Registered Users Posts: 780 ✭✭✭

    Hi all, travelling up the road to Belfast on Wednesday from South Dublin. Will definitely need a charge. I can see there is a 50kW charger in the Sprucefield shopping Center on the way back home. So does my Irish ESB e-cars account work there?

    in other words if you need to charge away, outside the estate, what’s the best way?

    thanks 🙏


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,399 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    Your ESB card will work in NI, but the network is very poor since it's free to use at the moment

    I'd recommend charging at M1 castlebellingham on the way and getting as much juice as you can in before hitting the dead zone over the border

    There's Ionity in City North hotel as well, but that's probably too close to Dublin to be useful

    Make sure the app is loaded as well in case your card isn't working

    "The internet never fails to misremember" - Sebastian Ruiz, aka Frost

  • Registered Users Posts: 780 ✭✭✭hick

    Thanks for the tips, going to be interacting as I’m in a 58kW ID3. Real world it’s gets about 290km when full. I’m waiting for my ID4 to be replaced which could probably do it up and back

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,731 ✭✭✭✭mfceiling

    Castlecourt shopping centre has 7 or 8 free 11kw chargers if you are in Belfast and parking up for a while.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,399 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    What happened to your ID.4? Sounds serious if it's being replaced

    I did Noth Dublin to Waterford and back on almost a single charge on my ID.4 77kWh, so Belfast and back should be pretty doable

    "The internet never fails to misremember" - Sebastian Ruiz, aka Frost

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,399 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    I did some playing around on ABRP and a 30 mins charge at Castlebellingham should be enough to get you to Belfast and back down the Ionity at City North

    "The internet never fails to misremember" - Sebastian Ruiz, aka Frost

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,567 ✭✭✭Risteard81

    NIE (Northern Ireland Electricity) is a subsidiary company of the ESB. So eCars exists in the north too. I think it's still free.

    That said, you'd be far better going to Derry than Belfast. It's a far better place :-)

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,731 ✭✭✭✭mfceiling

    Just noticed today that there's a 50kw charger at a circle k on the Belfast side of Banbridge. There was a Mercedes jeep charging there today so it must be working ok.