Have you ever wanted to drive your electric car from Britain to France? Well, now you can thanks to a partnership between Ireland utility company ESB’s ecar division and Irish Ferries. The ferry company has recently installed an electric vehicle charging area on two of its boats, the appropriately named Ulysses, which can carry 2,000 passengers and just over 1,300 cars, and the Oscar Wilde. These ferries make runs on the Dublin-Holyhead and Rosslare-Cherbourg /Roscoff routes.
The charging stations are free for passengers to use while aboard what can be a three hour excursion or more, roughly enough time to charge most electric vehicles, perhaps not to capacity, but at least enough to be able to travel to another charging unit once off the ocean craft.
Europe, like the United States, has been ramping up its infrastructure for electric vehicles lately. We recently reported that the Nissan Leaf is expected to debut in Ireland and other countries later this summer, and that the European Commission has set aside $34 million to help with the deployment of such cars.
Similarly, London is looking to install over 1,000 charging stations in the next two years, and even American automaker Tesla Motors is helping support the green car movement in the region. Still, the United States shouldn’t be, pardon the pun, green with envy against our greatest ally, because China is, and will likely continue to be, the world’s largest electric vehicle market.
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