Today, in Dublin, Ireland, Energy Minister Eamon Ryan announced a new alliance that will put electric cars on Irish motorways in two years. Last year, Ryan expressed his intent that by 2020, 10% of vehicles in Ireland would be electric, and this alliance will likely aid Ireland in actually surpassing that target much sooner.
The Memorandum of Understanding, signed between Ireland, ESB (semi-state electricity supplier), and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, launches a non-exclusive alliance, meaning that Ireland will still be able to open their market to other electric vehicle manufacturers, not just the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
The agreement appears to be quite beneficial to all three parties, and to the people who live in Ireland. For the Irish government, this alliance demonstrates a renewed commitment to making the country, well, green (no pun intended). For ESB, setting up an infrastructure for electric vehicles gives their plans of carbon-neutrality by 2035 a boost. For the Renault-Nissan Alliance, this new alliance gives them access to a new market, one apparently eager to participate in the EV revolution, and helps them mark the tenth anniversary of their partnership.