Ireland's first on-street charging points for electric vehicles (EVs) have become operational in Dublin. The four points are located in the city centre: one on Molesworth Street, one on Adelaide Road and two on Fitzwilliam Street. Known as 'juice-points', they serve as phase one of a nationwide programme that will see 3,500 charging points rolled out by 2012.
Users are required to register before using the EVs, in a system similar to Dublin's successful bicycle scheme. Upon being issued with a personalised electric fob, the recharging process can take up to two hours. Ireland's Electricity Supply Board (ESB) announced that this system will prove radically cheaper than other forms of more conventional fuel. The recharging cost is roughly