ESB receive 20,000 applications for EV trial

A NATIONWIDE effort to recruit 24 electric car drivers has received a staggering 20,000 applications from people desperate to get a flavour of silent, battery-powered e electric Dublin

The ESB says that its offer to give 24 Irish people the opportunity to use its smart recharging system with the aid of an electric vehicle has garnered twice the number of entries as a similar programme last year.

Under the initiative, eight cars will be loaned out for four months to 24 people. The cars include vehicles available to buy in Ireland now from Nissan, BMW, Renault, and Citroen and Mitsubishi.

Electric cars, which run silently, cost around €3 to recharge at home and are currently free to charge at ESB’s public power points across the country.

With minimal road tax because of zero carbon dioxide emissions, the cars’ driving range varies from 120km to 200km on a single charge.

Last November, Taoiseach Enda Kenny pitched Ireland as a place to make electric cars to Tesla founder, Elon Musk.Tesla

However, the European Commission has said it will soon make electric vehicle manufacturers install ‘Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems’ (AVAS) to protect road users from being taken by surprise by the silent cars. “Ireland made a submission (to the Commission) that hybrid and electric vehicles would require the mandatory fitment of AVAS,” said Transport Minister Leo Varadkar.

Source Irish Independent