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Best/Cheapest! EV Card for use in the wild?

  • 30-06-2022 7:45am
    Registered Users Posts: 1,921 ✭✭✭

    Hi folks,

    Got an email from VW last night saying my free sub is nearly up on my we charge card.

    Has anyone looked into which cards offer the best value for charging in the wild?

    I have access to kia and VW cards and ofc all the others ESB etc..

    If no one has the info I'll do up a search and post the results online.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 17,884 Mod ✭✭✭✭slave1

    eCars own card, easygo own card, after that the cost rises substantially whatever the Ionity option is. I have all the cards but have never even used easygo nevermind rest of "them"

  • Registered Users Posts: 242 ✭✭eltoastero

    seeing as you've access to a Kia and a VW card i'll assume you've two EVs, is it possible (ethical..... yes) to sign up to say the Ionity Power package on the Kia Charge card/app and use it for both of your cars? A single per month sub allowing two cars to avail of the cheaper Ionity rate.

    How far can we push this? Could I give my whole family (in some future world where they all have an EV) the sign in to my Kia Charge app and we all avail of the cheap charging rate? I see no reason why a card / subscription should be tied to a single car.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,904 ✭✭✭innrain

    So far yes. Once you sign up for plug and charge (if ever) no.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,921 ✭✭✭ewj1978

    aye, shes being using my free VW charge up on her Kia.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,020 ✭✭✭zg3409

    It's like sharing a Netflix subscription with your aunty, cousin, neighbour!

    It is a right pain with the various options and most "roaming" options are more expensive than direct. Easygo does have touch to pay by credit card on their 50+kW chargers including lidl 50+kW chargers but again it's more expensive,

    There is a separate ionity thread on with recommendations for lowest ionity cost, but most reduced ionity deals are with weird providers who then change pricing overnight as they are losing money on ionity pricing. Some of the cards/apps for cheap ionity are only available to sign up in German language.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,921 ✭✭✭ewj1978

    quick scroll (not quick tbh) on the oul google gave me this.

    The kia easy is a one time activation fee.

    Easygo charges 0.27 and then the per kW price

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,921 ✭✭✭ewj1978

    Easygo have updated their pricing in LIDL

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,689 ✭✭✭cython

    Your "ESB Monthly" entry appears to be missing the €4.79 monthly fee for their sub?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,921 ✭✭✭ewj1978

    well spotted.