The public is being invited to learn more about the phenomenon of the electric car at the Irish Times Motor Show 2011, which is being held at the RDS, Dublin between February 25th and 27th. ESB ecars, is sponsoring the Electric Avenue feature at the show which has been designed to answer questions, promote awareness as well as ignite the interest of the curious at the show.
ESB ecars is rolling out a nationwide network of charge points: at home, in public areas and in service stations, so that drivers are never far from a charge point. Targets for end of 2011 will include 1500 public charge points, 40 fast charge points in services stations as well as 2000 conveniently located home charge points, for those who purchase electric cars.
Electric cars are a real alternative to the petrol or diesel equivalents offering motorists up to 80% savings on the running costs. Indeed tests have shown that driving an ecar costs 2-3 cent per km compared to 12-14 cent per km for a conventional car. In the next two years, a wide range of 100% electric cars and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will be available to the worldwide market.
Paul Mulvaney, managing director of ESB ecars, says: “The Electric Avenue is an excellent opportunity for the general public to see the range of electric cars available and view demos of how they are charged at home, on-street and in service stations. At the show we hope to encourage motorists to consider the electric car as an alternative option and benefit from the cost savings, the fun driving experience as well as supporting this exciting development in sustainable transport.”
The Irish Times Motor Show 2011 will be Ireland’s first national motor show in over 20 years and will have features for every motoring taste. Some of the bands showing include Alfa Romeo Audi, Fiat, Ford, Hyundai, Mazda, Nissan, Lexus, Opel, Peugeot, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Toyota, Volvo, Saab, Chevrolet and Volkswagen.