A KILKENNY-based company has won a contract from ESB ecars to install home charge points for electric cars nationwide. The company has also integrated the first electric vehicle into its own commercial fleet of over 80 vehicles.
Gaeltec Utilities Ltd – which specialises in design, installation and commissioning in the energy, renewable and telecommunications sectors – will install up to 2,000 home charge points under the contract.
Through a home charge point, electric cars are fully charged overnight from the homeowner’s domestic electricity supply. In addition to the roll-out of home charge points, ESB ecars is rolling out the network of public and fast-charge points across Ireland as well as implementing the supporting IT systems.
Gaeltec Utilities was founded in 2003 and employs 170 people in Ireland and the UK. The company has been growing steadily and this is the latest in a series of major wins. Gaeltec Utilities, on behalf of ESB ecars, has started to install charge points throughout Ireland in line with sales of electric cars. It is Irish Government policy that by 2020, 10% of all cars will be powered by electricity.
“We have given a lot of thought on how we are going to contribute to a sustainable future for Ireland,” said Sean Hannick, director of Gaeltec Utilities, at the launch of the first electric vehicle in the company’s fleet. “Whatever the future holds for carbon reduction in energy generation and transport fuels in Ireland, Gaeltec is dedicated to participation in these challenges.”
Environment Minister Phil Hogan, who launched the first electric vehicle into the Gaeltec Utilities fleet, wished the Kilkenny company continued success and congratulated the company on its achievement in obtaining such a high-profile contract and on their launch of the company’s first electric vehicle.