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Kennedy and Durkan launch Northern Ireland ecar Driveshow

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Regional Development

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy and Environment Minister Mark H Durkan have launched DRIVESHOW, a series of electric vehicle information and test-drive event to be held at venues across Northern Ireland.

DRIVESHOW is a joint initiative between the Department for Regional Development and the Department of the Environment. 

The road show events will give private and business drivers an opportunity to see and test drive the latest electric vehicles on offer from manufacturers including BMW, Nissan, and Renault. It will visit Enniskillen, Coleraine, Cookstown, Newry, Larne, and Londonderry during February and March. 

Speaking at the launch, Danny Kennedy said: “The ecar DRIVESHOW is free and open to everyone to find out more about the benefits of electric vehicles which are now available in showrooms.

“In the past year, the ecar Project has installed charge points at 174 locations across Northern Ireland. 

“Drivers of electric vehicles or ecars are now never more than around 10 miles from a re-charging point.

“This is great news for the growing number of owners and for anyone thinking about using an electric car. New models are coming to market almost every month and with running costs of between two and three pence a mile, electric cars are a very real and sustainable option for drivers.”

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “Our aim is to make the north a leader in carbon reduction. The use of electric vehicles, ideally powered by electricity from renewable sources, is an excellent way to decarbonise transport and, by reducing emissions from vehicles, will help contribute to our climate change, air quality and noise objectives. 

“The DRIVESHOW events will inform business users and individuals about the benefits of electric vehicles and I would hope that the test drives will show that these cars of the future can be a genuine alternative to fossil fuel powered vehicles.”

All events are being held in partnership with the local Councils in the area and full details will be advertised in the local press. 

To find out more about local events and to register for a test drive visit: http://www.ecarni.com/drive-show-registration or phone 028 9054 1167.

Notes to editors:

E-car DRIVESHOWS will be held at the following locations:

1) Fermanagh District Council,Enniskillen Castle,5 February 2014.

2) Coleraine Borough Council,Coleraine Council Civic Headquarters, Cloonavin,12 February.

3) Cookstown Borough Council, Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre, Cookstown,19 February.

4) Newry and Mourne District Council, The Omniplex, The Quays Centre, (Electric Cars will also be on display at the Buttercrane Centre) 26 February.

5) Larne Borough Council, Townhall, 12 March.

6) Derry City Council, Guildhall, 26 March.

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