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Single app for charging.

  • 22-07-2022 8:08am
    Registered Users Posts: 4,578 ✭✭✭


    I know there are different charging options like Esb, chargers at Lidl, EasyGO, plugshare etc etc

    Is there one app that allows you to use all these chargers or do separate apps need to be downloaded for all the difference options?


  • Registered Users Posts: 52 ✭✭odoliam

    All different companies so no luck on centralising...give it 15 years and an EU directive might come in 😁

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,035 ✭✭✭✭the_amazing_raisin

    Your car manufacturer might have an app which allows you to use 3rd party networks.

    VW We Charge for example can use ESB chargers

    However there's typically a price premium attached for this

    Personally I find having an ESB and We Charge cards enough, plus the EasyGo app on my phone. That covers 99% of the available chargers in Ireland (until Tesla opens up the SuC network)

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,691 ✭✭✭cython

    EasyGo have support for "roaming" on some other chargers (eCars for sure), but you will pay more that way than using the first-party app. Unless you can avail of an app from your manufacturer that affords you equal pricing to the operator, if you're going to find yourself regularly using public charging infra it's probably worth having the apps from the different providers, both from a cost perspective but also to protect yourself against any outage on the part of your one provider. There's every chance that if you use EasyGo to access both theirs and eCars, and EasyGo have an outage in the wrong part of their systems, then you won't have access to eCars either.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,029 ✭✭✭zg3409

    In general most chargers can be started with easygo and some other apps, but it's more expensive to do so.

    It's typically cheapest to use their own app such as esb for esb.

    Some chargers have weird systems that need special apps or credit card payment but they are few and far. Plugshare app lists what system the charger uses.