EasyGo has said it plans to roll out an additional 200 fast electric vehicle (EV) chargers in towns and villages across the country.

The company is Ireland's largest EV charging network operator, with more than 2,400 charge points here.

This latest multi-million euro investment is part of a deal with telecoms provider Eir, where telephone kiosks are being removed and replaced with Tritium EV chargers.

EasyGo has contracts to add Tritium chargers at 70 locations in counties Offaly, Mayo, Cavan, Waterford, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Monaghan, which it said will be rolled out over the next six months.

The company said it is actively engaged with other local authorities to identify 130 additional locations across Ireland for new fast DC Tritium chargers - and said this programme will be delivered at no cost to county councils.

"These chargers will make the transition to EVs in rural Ireland much easier and will be located in convenient town centre locations across the country," said Chris Kelly, founder and technical director of EasyGo.

David Nicholl, Chief Sales Officer at Tritium, a producer of EV chargers, said they are proud to have been selected as the exclusive technology partner for this project.

"Electric vehicle drivers in Ireland will gain access to a fast and convenient chargers designed to thrive in any environment," he said.

Figures published by the Central Statistics Office earlier today, show that the number of new electric cars licensed jumped by 82% from 8,089 in the first 10 months of 2021 to 14,707 in 2022.