Deal with Renault-Nissan puts electric cars on Ireland’s roads

Irish Minister Eamon Ryan

The Irish Government yesterday announced a partnership with the Renault-Nissan Alliance and the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) to put electric cars on the country’s roads.

The deal will see the Government provide a €5000 incentive for the purchase of electric vehicles, 2000 of which will be provided by the Renault-Nissan Alliance by 2011.

Nissan will supply its all-electric, five-seater LEAF hatchback, while Renault will roll out its light commercial electric vehicle, the Kangoo Z.E., to Ireland later in the year. By the end of 2011, Renault will also provide 100 pre-production Fluence Z.E. sedan for trials before going on sale in 2012.

All three vehicles are powered by the lithium-ion batteries produced by Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), a joint venture between Nissan, NEC and NEC Tonkin.

ESB, as announced last week, will roll out a nationwide recharging network of 3500 charge points and 30 fast charging stations by the end of 2011.

“We have made great strides in renewable energy, energy efficiency and now we begin the electrification of our transport fleet,” said Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Eamon Ryan.

“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” he added.

The Government has set a target of 10% of Ireland’s vehicles to be electric by 2020.

“Thanks to Ireland’s determination to be a leader in electric mobility transport, the necessary conditions – including incentives and infrastructure – are being put in place to allow for the successful adoption of electric vehicles,” commented Philippe Klein of Renault.

The country’s small size and the fact that most of the population is centred around the major urban areas of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford make it ideal for electric vehicles and as a pilot for the rest of Europe, adds Eric Basset, managing director of Renault Ireland.

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13 April 2010