Padraig McManus,
Chief Executive,
ESB
 
Dublin, Ireland --- (METERING.COM) --- April 14, 2010 - The rollout of more than 3,500 charge points and a €5,000 incentive for buyers of electric vehicles are among the outcomes of a partnership aimed at promoting these vehicles in Ireland.

The partnership between the Irish Government, the nation’s largest electricity utility ESB, and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, includes the development of a nationwide electric car charging infrastructure by ESB, the supply of electric cars by the Renault-Nissan Alliance from 2011, and government policies and other actions that, according to a statement, will “position Ireland as a European leader in electric transport.”

The Irish government’s target is for 10 percent of Ireland’s vehicles to be electric by 2020. This agreement should see 2,000 cars on Irish roads by 2011.

Under the agreement, ESB will rollout 3,500 charge points nationwide by December 2011. The rollout has already begun in Dublin and charging points will also be installed in Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick. ESB also plans to install 30 fast charge points across Ireland by the end of 2011, with nine expected to be set up by the end of this year.

ESB is designing an infrastructure that will ensure open access to all car manufacturers and all energy suppliers. Trials and pilots will be conducted by ESB to test the infrastructure and collect the data necessary to examine driving trends, usage patterns as well as the new electric car lifestyle experience.

ESB Chief Executive Padraig McManus described the agreement as “another important milestone on the road to develop an emissions-free transport system.”

“Ireland will be one of the first countries in the world to have a nationwide electric charging network which will offer opportunities for enterprise and job creation, as well as the obvious environmental benefits of ultimately having a decarbonised transport fleet,” said McManus.

The agreement follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed by the three parties last April to study the promotion of electric vehicles in Ireland.