ESB has reached a milestone of 1,000 installed electric vehicle (EV) charge points in Ireland including domestic, commercial and public. This means that all counties and 85% of major cities and towns have now access to EV charging infrastructure.
ESB along with key partners will continue to progress this groundbreaking project with the installation of further charge points throughout the country to include the remainder of towns with populations greater than 1,500. This development is in line with the rollout and availability of new Electric Vehicles to complement those already on the market
Dermot McArdle, Manager of ESB ecars said; “ESB is pleased to have 1,000 operational charge-points installed throughout the country and that Ireland is on track to have one of the most advanced electric vehicle’s infrastructure in Europe.
The availability of charge-points are key to the uptake of electric vehicles making them practical alternatives for inter-urban as well as daily commutes”, he said.
To promote the use of electric vehicles to a wider audience, ESB ecars is running an information campaign on TV3. Four of the ecar Ambassadors, Beatrice Whelan, Olivia O’ Brien, Glenisk and Eoghan O’ Donohue will feature in the adverts and will be sharing their experiences of driving an electric car. Twenty one Ambassadors were chosen from among 12,000 applicants to trial electric vehicles for up to one year as part of the Great Electric Drive campaign.
The TV3 information adverts will transmit on TV3 for eight weeks until December 23.
Pictured is ecar Ambassador, Beatrice Whelan, with Dermot McArdle, ESB and Liam Mullaney CEO of Sage at Sage offices in Citywest where she works.
Beatrice is an ecar Ambassador who has use of a 100% electric Nissan LEAF for one year and uses it for her daily commute, which is approximately 100km from her home in Monasterevin to Citywest via the M7 motorway.
Beatrice charges the ecar at home overnight using a home-charge point, and is making fuel savings of around 90% as compared to a petrol/diesel car. Beatrice also has the option to charge the car using the charge point in the Sage car park in Citywest. For longer journeys, Beatrice uses the network of public charge points to re-charge the ecar.
“These are very real savings I am making by driving the electric car. I am now spending a fraction of what I was spending on fuel getting to and from work every day, which is a real bonus”, she said.
The ambassador programme is running from September 2012 to September 2013. For more information visit: www.esbecarsblog.ie