ESB’s Great Electric Drive is back!

There’s been an electric atmosphere across the country with the announcement on February 4th that The Great Electric Drive is back for a second year! Following on from its initial success, we are currently looking for 24 members of the public and business community with different lifestyles and commutes to join a new team of ecar ambassadors.
This year’s trial is bigger and better with a wider range of electric cars; featuring the BMW i3, the Citreon C-Zero, the Mitsubishi iMiEV, the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid SUV, the Nissan Euro LEAF, the Renault Zoe, Twizy and a Renault Kangoo Z.E commercial van. The selected ambassadors will trial one of these ecars for a period of 4 months in return for their commentary about their ecar driving experiences. ESB will install a charge point at the driver’s home and they can also be recharged at one of the many charge points nationwide.
If you would like to enter, please apply and fill out either the Private or Commercial motorist application form or alternatively you can apply through our Facebook page. Closing date for entries is 12 Noon on 4 March 2014, so enter now!

You can see our video to launch the campaign here.

Comments: 14

  1. Jim Beattie February 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm Reply

    Having driven a LEAF for almost a year toting up nearly 20,000 miles. I’ve parted with my LEAF to my wife and now I’m keen to sample something else.
    Will enter the competition.

  2. Kieran O Sullivan February 12, 2014 at 3:38 pm Reply

    All signed up …..fingers crossed !

  3. Tony McHugh February 12, 2014 at 5:34 pm Reply

    I am very interested in ecars and the energy saving prospect of these plus the environmental anti pollution aspect which can be promoted not only nationally but world wide also. I have always had an abiding interest in the development of the electric car and would be interested in promoting the enormous benefit which this will bring to society. I am especially interested in the Nissan Leaf and the Renault Fluence and would be delighted to test either. I am aufait with all models of car and follow motoring correspondence to compare performance, new developments and innovation in the automotive industry.

  4. Tony McHugh February 12, 2014 at 5:58 pm Reply

    I live 25 miles from Galway city . There are not enough charge points in the west of Ireland and extending this network is of paramount importance as well as promotion of ecars through the media. Ecars are the way forward in motoring so lets fast forward them !

    P.S. see my previous email

  5. Larkin Cunningham February 15, 2014 at 1:05 pm Reply

    I live in a terraced house. The application form states: “In most cases, it is a requirement to install a charge point on the wall adjacent to your parking space”. It would appear that electric cars aren’t the answer for everyone. If the future is electric, how are ESB going to provide services to the many who live in terraced houses, apartments, etc? The predictions for the number of people who will be city dwellers in the coming decades would point to a lot more people in apartments and terraced houses with shared parking. Answers, please….

    • ESBecars February 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm Reply

      Hi Larkin, the majority of people have access to a parking space where they can put a charge point. Yes it is not suitable for everyone but Ireland has one of the highest house ownership rates in Europe which makes the electric car a viable solution in the majority of situations.

  6. Damien Prouse February 24, 2014 at 8:38 pm Reply

    I haven’t experienced driving an ecar yet .
    I travel a minimum 110 km a day to and from work and drive an electric tug
    when in work. One 2/3 hour charge last about two days and it has a lot of pulling power but It’s not quite the same. The tugs max speed is 5 km per hour.
    The closest I got to driving a leaf was sitting in one. I have heard a lot of good and some bad reviews about the different ecars out there but I suppose I won’t really know until I try one myself . I live in hope and I do believe ecars are the way forward in this world.

  7. John Mc Cormack March 2, 2014 at 11:20 pm Reply

    I have never driven an electic car but I would really value the chance to be an e car ambassador. I would in particular be interested to see how it would integrate with someone who lives in a rural area. I have entered the competition so here is hoping! John

  8. rachel March 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm Reply

    Happy Friday All.. very excited to hear the outcome of this fantastic competition.
    I’m counting down the days in the hope that I will be one of the winners!
    This not only would be such a thrill to win as my car gave up the ghost a while ago, but also a great step forward in the health of my new expectant family to be a living ambassador and hopefully an example to friends, family, colleagues, clients and neighbours in the importance of our environment and doing our best to secure the future for the next generation.. fingers crossed and well done on this super promotion.

  9. Ian Yelverton April 2, 2014 at 8:59 pm Reply

    I signed up a few months ago and am waiting in anticipation for the names of the trialists . I have the spot ready for the charging unit . Bring it on !!

  10. Louise Murphy April 3, 2014 at 10:31 am Reply

    An interesting ruling yesterday in the EU Parliament where the MEPs voted to introduce mandatory ‘acoustic vehicle alerting systems’ (AVAS) – sounding like a conventional engine – to all new electric and hybrid cars to protect vulnerable road users. The ruling also necessitates conventional cars and lorries – with petrol and diesel engines – to make 25 per cent less noise. Car manufacturers have 5 years to comply with the ruling.
    How grateful will city and town dwellers and those living near busy motorways be when the noise pollution levels start to drop!

  11. Joanna Cosgrave April 3, 2014 at 3:22 pm Reply

    When will the 2014 ambassadors be announced? I am hoping I will be lucky and be selected!

  12. Mark Mc Lean April 8, 2014 at 2:24 pm Reply

    I entered for the chance to drive an electric vehicle last year, and was unsuccessful then, heres hoping that i have more luck this time round.

    “Climate Change and higher fuel costs = No brainer EV all the way!!!!”

  13. Fergal Lynch April 23, 2014 at 12:16 pm Reply

    Have the ecar ambassadors been selected yet.

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