Irish Ferries to Offer POD Point EV Charging
POD Point, the UK’s fastest growing provider of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure together with ESB ecars and Irish Ferries is
pleased to announce the launch of POD Points onboard the Dublin?Holyhead and Rosslare?Cherbourg /Roscoff routes. This is an important
development for EV drivers who can now travel to Britain and France with their electric vehicle or hybrid car.
The charge points chosen by ESB are POD Point Workplace units, which offer the latest Mode 3 charging technology and are the charge
point of choice for new electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf. The POD Points can charge up to 2.5 times faster than by plugging in to a
conventional socket, giving EV drivers a significant boost during the crossing.
POD Point also offer advanced features which may appear in future installations, such as GPRS communications. This will enable the Irish
Ferries to view live online reports of usage; this will provide valuable data on how popular the charge points are and the total energy used
– and CO2 saved – by customers using the points. At the moment these charge points are free to use, but in future if Irish Ferries decide to
charge for the energy, features such as RFID card technology (similar to an Oyster card) or SIM card payment can be used. In order to
guarantee that EV drivers can charge their vehicle at this free of charge service during the crossing, POD Points are now installed in a
dedicated electric vehicle charging area aboard the Ulysses and Oscar Wilde Irish Ferries’ vessels. Both POD Point and ESB hope to extend
this service to their rest of the fleet.
Irish Ferries’ are said to be at the forefront in embracing new technology and facilities and we at POD Point could not agree more. Daragh
O'Reilly, Marketing Manager at ESB ecars said the first launch of charging points on Irish Ferries “extends the horizon for electric car and
hybrid motorists who can now recharge their electric car as they travel into and out of Ireland."
Speaking at the launch, Paul Mulvaney, Managing Director ESB ecars said; "As part of the rollout of electric car charge points, this new
development of onboard charging extends the infrastructure to enable electric car drivers to travel to foreign destinations. The availability
of charge points in a wide variety of convenient locations will help to further promote the adoption of electric cars in Ireland."
With POD Points now installed at central UK airports, Heathrow and Gatwick and now aboard Irish Ferries POD Point is one step closer to
providing charging facilities across all modes of modern transport. Erik Fairbairn, CEO of POD Point commented “we haven’t yet covered
rail transport but it’s only a matter of time – we’d be delighted to explore the technical challenges of offering EV charging on a service such
POD Point Profile
POD Point is the UK market leader in networked charging infrastructure, with over 260 street POD Points installed across the UK. We are a
UK?based entrepreneurial company with a highly experienced team who have all worked within the automotive and technology sectors.
We are passionate about moving the world away from a reliance on oil for its transport needs. We are tackling this problem by producing
products like POD Point Street and POD Point Home – we are not just about the products however, we also develop the backend systems,
commercial models, and road maps to enable and encourage the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
Our charging units uniquely charge two electric vehicles at any one time and are very simple and easy to use. POD Points are currently
installed all around the UK with local councils and London boroughs as well as major airports and retailers such as Best Buy, Sainsbury’s
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POD Point also has installed public chargers around London and Warwick, England.
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