Looks like good news all round for the Nissan supported ESB trial project in Ireland:

“17th September, 2013 – ESB announced today that the first Great Electric Drive, which got underway in September 2012, has drawn to a close with 21 ambassadors covering a total of approximately 105,000 kilometres of pure electric driving. In the process, they recorded combined fuel cost savings of €13,500, eliminating over 10 tonnes of CO2 emissions.”

The Irish Times are reporting that Nissan have a waiting list for the Nissan Leaf in connection with the project:

“Nissan, which sells the Leaf electric car in Ireland, said it has compiled a waiting list for the latest three models, which are not expected to be seen on Irish roads until early next year”

Reading the facebook page and the blog contributions from the participant in the trial; the people using the cars were very happy and even without the fast charge stations being available, they found range less of an issue than expected.

There were problems though, in-particular the journeys required a little more pre-planning. That fast-charge network will be pivotal for ESB and for the EV sales Nissan is hoping for in Ireland.

But hats off to ESB: This project directly addressed range anxiety and other consumer concerns surrounding EVs, by asking real people to spend a year driving them.

Read the full story here: Nissan claims a waiting list for electric cars – The Irish Times

See ESBs press release here: 21 ambassadors covering a total of approximately 105,000 kilometres of pure electric driving recorded combined fuel cost savings of €13,500, eliminating over 10 tonnes of CO2 emissions

Read the ESB blog here: www.esbecarsblog.ie

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