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The ireland, a good example to follow

The electric vehicle becomes a reality in Ireland

• Government announces support of 5,000 euros for the purchase of an electric vehicle

• ESB install 3,500 charging stations standard and 30 fast charging stations

• The Renault-Nissan will provide electric vehicles to Ireland

The Irish Government, the Company BSE, first of electricity company at national level, and the Renault-Nissan Alliance today announced the conclusion of a global partnership agreement, which should make Ireland one of the European countries the most advanced on the transport by electric vehicle.

The final agreement shall include the provision of electric vehicles by the Renault-Nissan Alliance from 2011, the establishment of a national BSE by charging infrastructure, and policies and incentives that the government will implemented to encourage the adoption by the largest number of electric vehicles.

The Irish government has announced today that any purchaser of electric vehicle will have a bonus of 5,000 euros. Irish buyers will be exempt from registration tax.

The Minister of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan, has described this ad as a concrete evidence of government policy. "The program of the government has announced its intention to transform the areas of energy and transport in Ireland. We have made great progress in terms of renewable energy, energy efficiency and now we are starting the electrification of our transport fleet. The aim of the Irish government is that 10% of the Irish fleet is electric by 2020. Today's agreement with the Renault-Nissan Alliance in 2000 provides for electric vehicles on Irish roads in 2011. This allows us to reach or exceed our goals. ESB will provide the charging infrastructure at home the new owners of electric vehicle. Irish motorists can look forward to a financial assistance, electric vehicles and charging points. This will make the electric vehicle a good choice for Irish motorists. "

BSE will implement throughout the country 3,500 charging points by December 2011. Program has already begun in Dublin and charging points will be installed shortly in Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick. BSE also intends to create by the end of 2011 30 fast charging stations spread over the entire national territory, including nine should be operational by the end of this year.

To the Director General of BSE, Padraig McManus, today's announcement represents "a major new step for the development of a zero emission transport system." "ESB is currently deploy infrastructure across the country to support the development of the electric vehicle. Ireland is one of the first countries in the world to have a national network of electric charging, which will provide new opportunities for businesses and promote job creation, while offering a low-carbon environmental profits transportation . "

Nissan Ireland will market its model LEAF, a five-seater hatchback rear electric early 2011, while Renault will offer its lightweight electric utility, the Kangoo ZE A few months later. By the end of 2011, Renault will provide one hundred prototype Fluence ZE for a pilot project also planned in Ireland. Electric sedan has use both private and professional, the Fluence ZE will go on sale in Ireland in 2012.

These three vehicles will be equipped with lithium-ion batteries last generation, produced by the company Automotive Energy Supply Corporation (AESC), a joint venture established by Nissan, NEC and NEC Tonkin.

"The will of the Renault-Nissan Alliance to market on a large scale and in the world of electric vehicles involves close cooperation with many partners around the planet," says Philip Klein, Deputy Director General, Planning and Control Management Renault. "Thanks to the determination of Ireland has become one of the leaders in electric mobility, the necessary conditions, including incentives and infrastructures are currently being implemented, which should allow very soon the electric vehicle stronger foothold in this country. ""

Renault and Nissan rejoicing soon have the opportunity to provide a Irish clientele of all electrical, affordable and answering to the same requirements as other models of our two brands in matters of performance, space, comfort and quality, "says Pierre vehicles Loing, Vice President of Nissan International SA, Head of Business Unit Zero Emissions Nissan Europe.

BSE will conduct testing and pilot operations to test the infrastructure and collect data to analyze the behaviors and attitudes of customers and their experience of the electric vehicle.

The final agreement signed today follows a Memorandum of Understanding had been signed by the three parties in April and focused on a study of the promotion of electric vehicle in Ireland.

"Nissan Ireland is delighted to participate in this initiative historical scope for Irish and European automotive industry. We look forward to the idea of ​​providing Irish customers a new solution for zero emission displacement. Deliveries of electric vehicles Nissan LEAF begin with, the beginning of 2011, "stated Gerard O'Toole, president of Nissan Ireland.

According to Eric Basset, Managing Director of Renault Ireland: "Thanks to its relatively small size, Ireland is a country particularly suited to the introduction of electric vehicles and will serve as a pilot for the rest of Europe, given that its population is mainly concentrated around urban areas of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. The electric vehicles represent the displacement mode ideal for private professionals and everyday needs of the Irish, who average 75 km per day. "

Renault and Nissan are among the leaders of the development of any electric vehicle. Both brands have already announced have a capacity of total global production of 500,000 units per year. To date, the Alliance has entered into more than fifty partnerships worldwide with countries, cities, organizations and other key stakeholders to prepare the markets and infrastructure on arrival and was the adoption of the electric vehicle.

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