Northern Ireland’ Department for Regional Development (DRD), Department of Environment (DOE) and the Renault-Nissan Alliance have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to further the introduction of electric vehicles in the country.
Under the MOU, joint working teams will be established to propose plans for an electric vehicle infrastructure network. DRD and DOE also agreed to consider incentives to make electric vehicles easier for customers to buy and run, while the Renault-Nissan Alliance will share information and ideas relating to charging networks, energy supply and electric vehicle training. It will also help promote the development and use of electric vehicles in the region.
The Plugged in Places bid, led jointly by DRD and DOE, will be submitted to the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) in London by 29 October. This initiative will provide funding for electric vehicle infrastructure to a number of successful cities or regions. The bid is also supported by a consortium including local councils and representatives of the IT, motor and energy industries.