Rapid electric vehicle charging station launched at Scally’s SuperValu, Clonakilty
22 December 2020
Scally’s SuperValu in Clonakilty has launched a Rapid electric vehicle charging station, enabling shoppers to charge their electric vehicle in as little as 20 minutes.
The new facility further strengthens the town’s credentials as one of the world’s top 100 sustainable destinations and helps Clonakilty achieve its aim of becoming Ireland’s first carbon neutral town.
The EasyGo.ie Rapid charger forms part of a SuperValu trial of electric charging stations for its store network, with the charger at Scally’s SuperValu in Clonakilty, the first in a series of other installations.
Store owner, Eugene Scally, made the decision to incorporate the EasyGo.ie Rapid charging as part of Clonakilty’s sustainability strategy “CoolClon”.
He is confident the charging station will attract an increasing number of shoppers making the switch to electric vehicles, based on the growing preference of drivers to opt for electric vehicles.
The EasyGo.ie Rapid charger – the Tritium 50 – is the most advanced electric vehicle charging station in Ireland, with the ability to add up to 100km to the average electric vehicle in as little as 15 minutes. The charging station also benefits from being part of the EasyGo.ie network, which uniquely offers access to the two other main electric vehicle charging networks, giving drivers the ability to find and use chargers from different network providers without having to sign up for multiple accounts.
“Sustainability is a huge focus for Clonakilty,” Eugene Scally said, “and we are on a journey to become the first carbon neutral town in Ireland. As a locally owned store, community has always been a huge focus for us and now shopping at Scally’s is even more convenient, thanks to being able to charge your electric vehicle while picking up your groceries.”
Orla O’Donovan, chairperson of Clonakilty Chamber of Commerce praised Scally’s SuperValu as “steadfast champions” of the Chamber’s CoolClon initiative which seeks to cool the planet by promoting innovative solutions towards a low carbon future.
“At the launch of the CoolClon initiative in 2019, Scally’s SuperValu made a commitment to install an electric vehicle charging station and we are delighted that it is already happening,” O’Donovan said.
“They are constantly to the forefront in supporting local produce, community enterprise and sustainability,” she added. “We congratulate them on this initiative and look forward to the transitioning journey to electric vehicles with them”.
“Despite the increased numbers going electric, the lack of public charging stations is a concern for the public, so we see a huge opportunity at sites like this as the charging stations ultimately become a destination point, said Gerard Cash, director of EasyGo.ie.
“It’s a win-win for the likes of Scally’s SuperValu,” he added, “as not only are they providing an environmentally friendly service, they are also boosting the amount of passing trade that they can attract.”