SSE Airtricity is to spend €35 million rolling out "ultra-rapid" electric vehicle charging hubs across the country.

The initiative will see the company install 30 hubs over the next four years, which will be powered by 100% green electricity.

The first hub will open at the Lough Sheever Corporate Park in Mullingar, County Westmeath next year.

It said the site will be publicly accessible and designed to accommodate long-wheelbase vehicles and buses, as well as cars and fleet vehicles.

As part of phase one of the project next year, and subject to planning permission, SSE said additional hubs with ten charging bays will be installed in Blanchardstown Business Park and Greenogue Industrial Estate in Dublin.

It expects a total of six sites to be operational by the end of 2023, with a further ten to open in 2024.

SSE said each ultra-rapid bay will have charging capabilities of up to 150 kilowatts, sufficient to deliver 12.5 kms of range per minute of charging.

"We're delighted to launch our first EV charging hubs in Ireland, and we’re really excited about the network we are going to develop over the coming years," said Kevin Welstead, EV Director Sector SSE.

"In building out this infrastructure, we want to ensure peace of mind for all EV drivers - domestic, car fleet, commercial - that when they show up at one of our facilities, they can plug in to a working, high power charger as soon as they arrive, and that they can be back on the move within the shortest amount of time possible," he said.

SSE has committed to installing 300 ultra-rapid charging hubs across Ireland and the UK over the next five years powered by traceable, renewable energy.

The very first hub, on Castlebank Street in Glasgow, went live at the end of September.