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Green eMotion Project - Ireland

The Irish launch of an electric vehicle project funded by the European Union (EU) took place on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 in Dublin. A total of 42 partners involving car manufacturers, energy utilities, universities, and technology and research institutions across Europe are joining forces in the Green eMotion EU Project to advance the use of electric vehicles.

Four of the partners based in Ireland – ESB, Trinity College Dublin, Codema, and Cork City Council – will receive €1.5 million in funding out of a total budget of €24 million. The Green eMotion EU Project was launched at Trinity College by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Pat Rabbitte, who congratulated the Irish partners in taking the lead in a significant EU-wide research project.

The four-strong consortium will work together to conduct research and studies into national electric car use and the different technologies that can be deployed to maximize sustainable transport methods.

As well as contributing to the overall objectives, the Irish partners are to develop the design criteria for electric vehicle charging networks, fleet management of electric vehicles and to study the connection and construction techniques for charging points. More advanced charging systems are being developed as part of the project and some of these will be field trialed in Ireland.