Irish port buys zero-emission electric cars

Nissan Leaf electric cars The Nissan Leaf cars have a battery capacity of 40kWh. Credit: Port of Waterford
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Ireland’s Port of Waterford has purchased three new zero-emission electric cars for transporting pilots and marine personnel on both sides of the Suir Estuary.

Brought as part of drive by the port to reduce the environmental impact of its activities, the Nissan Leaf cars have a battery capacity of 40kWh and can run for 168 miles. They have a maximum power output of up to 150PS.

Commenting on the initiative, Frank Ronan, CEO at the Port of Waterford, said: “We are very conscious of our carbon footprint and recognise our particular responsibility as a commercial State company to play our part in the sustainability agenda. To benchmark our progress, we are now working towards environmental certifications.”

Eco mode limits the Nissan Leaf’s engine output and saves energy. It also slightly increases regenerative braking to boost the range of the car. In the car’s B mode, drivers can recover breaking energy and recharge while driving.

The port’s ongoing environmental programme includes using renewable energy sources for heating and the installation of energy-efficient lighting on the quayside at Belview, Co Kilkenny.

Solar panels have also been fitted on the roof of the Marine Point office development in Belview, which houses the port’s headquarters.

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