Ionity opens Northern Ireland’s biggest ultra-rapid charging hub

Northern Ireland’s largest ultra-rapid charging hub has gone live in Belfast.

The new Ionity site at the city’s Kennedy Centre provides 11 350kW chargers for ultra-fast recharging using 100% renewable energy.

Its opening comes just weeks after Ionity opened its first Northern Irish site, on the A6 at Toome.

The two new hubs represent a £3 million investment by the operator in its Northern Ireland provision, and are a major step forward in public charging provision in Northern Ireland, which has lagged behind other parts of the UK.

Ionity’s country manager of UK and Ireland, Andreas Atkins commented: “Our mission is to build a comprehensive charging infrastructure throughout the UK and Europe, to enable a fast and seamless charging experience for EV drivers.

“The investment in Northern Ireland’s EV charging infrastructure is a key milestone for us. As well as helping the EV community to access conveniently rapid charging based renewable energy, we will also help to increase both businesses day to day with new customers at both sites.”

“The openings of both sites in Toome and Belfast are just the tip of the iceberg as we continue to help the EV drivers of Northern Ireland access long-distance travel without the concerns of queues whilst they charge their vehicles.”

Kennedy Centre Belfast manager, John Jones, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Ionity on this project to install the new 350kW ultra-fast electric vehicle charging hubs at our popular The Kennedy Centre. This partnership fits in perfectly with our long-term environmental strategy we have at the centre.

“It will most certainly improve the service to our ever-growing number of EV customers that visit the centre today and, in the future.”

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Matt Allan

Matt is Editor of EV Powered. He has worked in journalism for more than 20 years and been an automotive journalist for the last decade, covering every aspect of the industry, from new model reveals and reviews to consumer and driving advice. The former motoring editor of, The Scotsman and National World, Matt has watched the EV landscape transform beyond recognition over the last 10 years and developed a passion for electric vehicles and what they mean for the future of transport - from the smallest city cars to the biggest battery-powered trucks. When he’s not driving or writing about electric cars, he’s figuring out how to convert his classic VW camper to electric power.