Glenisk’s electric journey begins

Glenisk - Renault Kangoo Z.E.

Glenisk – Renault Kangoo Z.E.

Thinking about ways to reduce our environmental impact has been a hot topic at Glenisk for some time now – since way back, even before we took the decision in the mid 1990s to switch to making our yogurt organic. The journey has brought lots of challenges, plenty of rewards and occasional failures. From analysing soil and understanding what cows like for lunch; installing turbines and solar panels, planting reed beds and recycling pots, all sorts of ideas have been trialled and some have triumphed. Looking at our fleet is one of the biggest challenges we face – not just in terms of the ever-rising costs of fossil fuel, but in terms of the environmental cost, one that will be paid not by us necessarily, but by the generations to come, to whom we are all accountable. We dipped our toe in the water with electric transport early in 2010 with the introduction of our very dinky looking Electric Van. Exceeding all expectations, it has served us well, zipping around the city and allowing us to sample our yogurt and meet customers, with zero emissions and not much more in terms of cost. Two and half years later, we are excited to be part of ESB ecars’ initiative The Great Electric Drive. So much of the planning of previous years is coming to fruition all at once – the fantastic, accessible infrastructure installed by ESB ecars, the government support and
the ever-evolving technology of the car industry making strides in the quality of electric vehicles and the range they provide. There has never been a better time to go electric and over the next 12 months, we’re looking forward to sharing our experiences in our brand spanking new 100% Electric Renault Kangoo Z.E.. Hope to see you on the road!

Comments: 6

  1. margie patterson August 29, 2012 at 10:10 pm Reply

    Are you gonna visit maghera?? thats in ardara DONEGAL!! Would love to see ya here beside the caves,beach and waterfall so how green is that!!

  2. Glenisk August 30, 2012 at 1:48 pm Reply

    Hi Margie, is that an invitation? Actually we have a plan hatching to get around the whole country over the next 12 months to see Ireland’s hidden foodie gems, eco sights and tourism highlights and share a little yogurt. So we’ll be planning our journey in the coming months. Hope to see you then.
    p.s. have you a charge point up there?!

  3. Alan Finn September 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm Reply

    I too applied for this wonderful experence and wasnt picked, you where so write every detail you can and share it with us, make us feel like we are in that car with you, Visit every Village, Town, City, & let all who wish to have a look see, it can be done hopefuly in the real near future we too will be driving an eletric car and all petrol, deisel, gas, etc etc will a thing of the past, its up to us the drivers to put a demand on car manafactors to produce something as wonderful as you have this very minuite, I really hope you have a ball & you along with this idea make a big diffrence, good luck from Alan Finn

  4. Glenisk September 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm Reply

    Thanks very much Alan. We are so looking forward to it. Our charge point was installed on Friday and our Kangoo EZ is arriving tomorrow afternoon. We’ll be blogging and posting about the whole experience!

  5. Mike Mullins May 1, 2013 at 10:56 am Reply

    The Charleville Half Marathon are looking for an Electric Pace Car for this year’s event on Sept 22nd. This could be an opportunity for Glenisk to promote your great organic milk product to a wider health-conscious audience. We expect 800-1,000 runners + another 1,000 spectators at the event. We have a charge point at our train station and also at our local Renault dealership. If you are interested in discussing further, please contact me on email. Thanks.

    • Glenisk May 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm Reply

      Hi Mike. Thanks for the invitation! We will be in touch by email.

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