Teslas may not be very visible on Irish roads yet, reflected by statistics that show just 45 registered in Ireland this year up until the end of October. The majority of these are located in Dublin, but there are a handful scattered around the country, with one in Cavan, Cork and Kerry, for example.
However, future Tesla owners in Limerick will not need to go far to supercharge their super electric vehicle, with the installation of Ireland’s second supercharging point at nearby Birdhill, Co. Tipperary last week.
The charging station, which will replenish half a battery for the Tesla Model S or Model X in twenty minutes, is located at the Applegreen Service Station at Junction 27 on the M7. Such a charge would easily allow a driver to go beyond Dublin, without needing a top-up.
There are eight bays in the station; this may seem a tad ambitious at the moment given the lack of Teslas on the Irish market, but is further evidence of Tesla’s tendency to play the long-game. The American manufacturer is clearly predicting a future whereby these eight charging spots will be in high demand.
Earlier this year, Tesla – the brainchild of Silicon Valley entrepreneur Elon Musk – opened its first Irish showroom at the Sandyford Industrial Estate in Dublin. Because of the customisation process that a new Tesla goes through, motorists have had to wait up to four months to get the keys of the new car they ordered. With the Model S starting at €91,000, and with Ireland yet to introduce measures to penalise diesel or petrol drivers, there has not been a significant uptake on the luxury high-tech electric vehicle brand yet.
Elsewhere, there has been a separate commitment to build six more high-power charging (HPC) stations in Ireland next year. This is part of a European deal with major car manufacturers such as Ford, BMW Group and the Volkswagen Group, and in Ireland, Topaz will be installing between four and six HPCs at each site.