ESB Networks Ltd has just taken delivery of 10 electric vans and trucks, which is part of the single largest order of EVs ever placed in Ireland.
ESB ordered a mixture of Smith Edison vans, based on the Ford Transit panel van and Smith Newton 10 tonne trucks were ordered early this year and the first batch has just been delivered.
These zero emission vehicles will be used in Dublin, Cork, Dundalk, Waterford and Portlaoise and are testament to ESB Networks commitment of carbon footprint reduction. ESB Networks have purchased Smith Edison every year since 2008 inclusive. ESB Networks currently have about 50 electric vehicles in their 2,700 vehicle fleet.
“These vans are doing the exact same work that their diesel equivalents can do in urban areas” according to Mr. John Seale, Investment Manager of ESB Networks Fleet & Equipment.
The vans are fitted with a 90kw motor and the very latest Lithium-Ion batteries manufactured by Valence. Top speed is limited to 50mph (85 Km/h) for urban use and a range of up to 100 miles (160 km) is achievable on a single charge. The cost of charging the batteries is as low as €3.00.