Moving Ireland Towards Electric Wheels

Review of coming electric vehicles from Ireland's perspective.

Published: 30-Dec-2009

“IF [OIL] is less than $70, we’re going to have a problem. If oil’s at $200 the economic equation’s very easy.” That’s the risk for Renault’s €4 billion electric car strategy, according to its chief executive Carlos Ghosn.

The company plans to have plug-in electric models on the road by early next year. If analysts are right and oil works its way closer to $80 this year, Ghosn may be lauded, but it’s not a foregone conclusion that prices might dip again.

Nevertheless the motor industry is eager to remove itself from the carbon debate. Shackled to the oil industry by the internal combustion engine for a century, various opportunities have been explored, but invariably the infrastructural spend and overhaul of the entire global fleet hasn’t made it a feasible proposition.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

GM Opel HydroGen4

At present, electric vehicles are exempt from vehicle registration tax.

Honda representative Stephen Ellis with FXC Clarity during EV World's test drive at 2009 LA Auto Show

Evelyn Kanter reports from the Los Angeles Auto Show and comes way impressed by Mitsubishi iMIEV, but with reservations about Honda's FCX Clarity.


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