Irish Blarney and Electric Car Hype
ANALYSIS: WHY ARE we even surprised that promises made by politicians and car salesmen don’t work out as planned? The masters of spin stood alongside the maestros of hyperbole and wove together an electric dream of a new age of motoring that would remove the car from the environmental debate. The future was electric and Ireland was going to lay out the road map for the future of the car.
At Dublin Castle in 2009, Green Party ministers draped themselves over electric cars like 1970s glamour models, while motor industry executives talked of saving the planet. It was enough to make your head spin.
Nissan predicted it would sell 500 of its electric Leaf model in Ireland by the end of 2011. The ESB in turn promised 1,500 on-street charging points and 40 fast-charging points would be in place by the end of last year. The first 2,000 electric car buyers would also get free domestic charging points fitted at their homes. The great surge towards an electric age would mean 2,000 electric cars on the road by the end of 2011, rising to 6,000 by the end of 2012 and ultimately 250,000 by 2020.
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