Friday, 3 April 2009 13:08
The Government is to sign a deal this afternoon with the major car manufacturer Renault-Nissan, to bring electric vehicles to the Irish market.
The Government wants 250,000 cars and vans - or 10% of the national fleet - to be electric within a decade.
The Government hopes that by boosting renewable energies, like wind, and improving the electricity grid, the introduction of electric cars will lead to a significant drop in carbon emissions in the transport sector.
To achieve that goal, Energy Minister Eamon Ryan will sign a deal with the merged French-Japanese car maker on providing vehicles to Ireland - both for business and the private user.
The ESB is going to be party to the deal, and will provide a network of recharging points, although the vehicles can also be powered at home.
Other car manufacturers will be watching closely to see how today's deal impacts on their business plans.