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Isle of Man
Electric Vehicle Tariff
Manx Utilities offer an Electric Vehicle Tariff for owners of Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV). Note that at the moment this does not apply to Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV). The tariff gives a reduced rate for off-peak times. For details and up to date information see the links below:
Public Charge Points
There are a number of public and business owned "charge points" around the island. Not all are dedicated EV chargers and simply have a 3-pin 16 amp "commando" socket. To charge your EV from these you will need an adaptor to plug in your EVSE or "granny-cable" that came with your car. Others have a Type-2, 7-pin socket. You will need the specific cable for you car to connect to these.
Some charge points are currently free to use but restrictions may apply. Manx Utilities are replacing the legacy Rolec charge points with new PodPoints which are charged at 19p per KWh. See the maps page on EVIOM for up to date detail on current charge points around the island:
PodPoint offer home, destination and workplace charging. They have a network of over 1,500 public charge points around the Isle of Man, UK and Ireland. Some are free and other charge a pay as you go fee but you will need a balance on your account. You will require the PodPoint app which is only available on Apple or Android smartphones. You can use open.pod-point.com from other devices.
UK & Ireland
Ecotricity offer rapid charging at many motorway service stations and at IKEA stores across the UK. To use the charge points you will need to have the Electric Highway App installed on your smartphone. The app is only available on Apple and Android devices and you will need access to mobile data or WiFi to use the app. Ecotricty pumps now have short range WiFi if you don't have mobile data available to you. If you’re unable to use the app, you can call them and pay for your charge over the phone on 01453 761455 between 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturday. The cost is 30p per KWh (unit of electricity) with a maximum charging session time of 45 minutes. Some sites also have 22kWh chargers which are still free to use but you will need an Ecotricity RFID card.
- Ecotricity - Electric Highway
- Video - How to use the Electric Highway App
- Electric Highway etiquette
BP acquired the Chargemaster and Polar network in 2018. With a network consisting of over 8,000 charging points, both destination and rapid chargers. They offer both a subscription and pay as you go option. You'll need to download and sign up for the relevent apps. Also, pulse50 (50kW) and pulse150 (150kW) units it is possible to use your contactless bank card, Apple Pay or Google Pay to start, pay for and stop a charge.
ESB - ecars
The main charge point network in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, with 1,200 public chargers, is operated by ESB. You will need to register with ESB ecars. They offer both a membership and pay as you go model. You can pay as you go at any of the standard charge points for 26.8c/kWh, at any of our fast charge points for 30.5c/kWh or at any of our high power charge points for 37c/kWh.
There are two Pay As You Go payment options:
Pay As You Go: Make a once off transaction at any ESB fast charge point or via the ecar connect app.
Pre-Pay: Purchase pre-paid credit with a registered account on our website our via the ecar connect app.
There are many other charge point providers, too many to list here so we have list only the main national ones. It's worth researching the area you are visiting for local charge point providers. The whole charge network is a constantly moving target so it's worth doing some research before every visit.
Finding a charge point along your route or at your destination can be a challenge. There are so many more available than just a few years ago but parts of UK and Ireland are still poorly served. These maps and their apps allow you to plan routes, check availability of charge points and find out if you need an app, RFID card etc to use them. They can also be handy to keep up to date with the status of charge points here on the island.