In a move that will surprise exactly no-one, ESB Networks has started to change its fleet of vans over from diesel power to electric.
Biggest order for vans this year
The semi-state company has purchased 70 Nissan e-NV200 vans, which will be added to the ESB fleet over the next 12 months. It also happens to represent one of the largest single orders for commercial vehicles this year.
Semi-state sector showing climate leadership
Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD, said: "The Climate Action Plan commits to a really significant step up in electric vehicle use. Our public sector must lead by example if we are to persuade the rest of society to make the changes required. I welcome that the ESB are committed to a 100 per cent carbon emissions free fleet and are making a start with today's announcement. It is vital to show leadership in this area. This will cut greenhouse gases, improve air quality and demonstrate what can be done to other sectors."
Paul Mulvaney, Executive Director, Customer Delivery ESB Networks, added: "This represents a step in the right direction for ESB Networks. We have conducted market research as well as extensive trialling to ensure that we are not compromising daily range nor our load capacity. We are delighted to be in the position to begin phasing out our diesel fleet and we will continue to explore the options available to us to increase our commercial EV numbers, as well as reducing our overall carbon footprint across the business. We are playing a pivotal role in paving the way for a greener society through an ever-cleaner electricity system, so we want to make sure that we are doing our part across all our operations."
200km range from a 40kWh battery
The Nissan e-NV200 is based on the same platform as the Leaf hatchback, and uses a 107hp electric motor, with a 40kWh battery pack. That gives it a range of around 200km and a maximum cargo carrying capacity of 705kg.