100 Irish ‘green’ hotels to get e-car charge points

24 May 2012

Grace Kearney, her brother Andrew Kearney, model Aoife Cogan and Keela Talbot celebrate the Green Hotel Drive with a trip to the beach

ESB ecars and Fáilte Ireland are leading what they are terming a Green Hotel Drive to install ecar charge points in 100 green-accredited hotels around Ireland.

The Environmental Protection Agency is also involved.

The aim of the project is twofold: it’s part of ESB’s nationwide charging infrastructure rollout, and it’s supporting the development of Ireland’s green tourism sector.

Apparently more than 60 hotels have already signed up to install charge points on their grounds since the scheme was promoted to hotels in April.

ESB ecars said work has started on installing the charge points at some of these hotels.

“Our goal is to provide nationwide coverage offering drivers point-to-point access to e-car charge points no matter where they are located in Ireland,” said Paul Mulvaney, the managing director of ESB ecars.

To get green accreditation, hotels must be certified under either the Green Hospitality Award, EU Flower, the Green Tourism Business Scheme, STEP or EcoTourism Ireland. They also have to be a Fáilte Ireland-registered hotel.

As for electric cars, the Irish Government has set a target that 10pc of all vehicles on Ireland’s roads be electric by 2020.

ESB ecars is holding an International Electric Vehicle Summit in Dublin on 11 July.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic