NOONAN, the strategic outsourcing specialists, have introduced electric commercial vehicles on site at IT Storage solutions firm, EMC in Ovens, Co. Cork, as part of their commitment to the Drive4Zero campaign. Launched in October 2014, Drive4Zero introduced a range of benefits and incentives for businesses and individuals moving to electric vehicles (EVs).
Minister for Agriculture, Food, Marine and the Defence, Simon Coveney, T.D., who has championed the Drive4Zero initiative, was onsite at EMC to welcome the first commercial EV at the Ireland Centre of Excellence, Ovens facility.
“Together NOONAN and EMC provide a great model for businesses and corporates throughout Cork and indeed Ireland. By moving to electric commercial vehicles, they are reducing costs while lowering their carbon footprint with zero C02 exhaust emissions and promoting a cleaner environment,” said Minister Coveney TD at the EMC site in Ovens this week.
EMC and NOONAN actively support the Drive4Zero campaign, and as well as commercial electric vehicles in use, a number of their employees with EVs are availing of free charging and other EV benefits onsite.
“EMC is proud to support the Drive4Zero initiative which is in keeping with our Global Corporate strategy to reduce the organisations carbon footprint and align with the Ireland COE ISO 50001 energy efficiency strategy,” said EMC VP Ireland CoE Bob Savage.
The NOONAN fleet comprises a number of Nissan eNV200, provided by LeasePlan, and all parties involved expect to further increase the number of electric vehicles in the fleet in the coming months.
“We are delighted to work with EMC and LeasePlan to support the Drive4Zero initiative. Increasing the number of electric vehicles in the NOONAN fleet enables us to further reduce our carbon footprint. This is a key component of our sustainable development strategy.” – John O’Donoghue, CEO, NOONAN
“LeasePlan are happy to support the Drive4Zero initiative and NOONAN in adding the Nissan eNV200 to their commercial fleet,” said Lana Burke, LeasePlan.
Nissan have introduced a range of incentives to directly support companies and individuals moving to electric vehicles. As well the SEAI grant of €5,000 on purchase of an EV, buyers of the Nissan Leaf can avail of €4,000 scrappage. Nissan will also provide a free fast charging unit to companies purchasing electric vehicles as part of the Drive4Zero initiative. The fast charger enables 80% charging of an EV in just 25 minutes offering flexibility for staff, customers and suppliers.
There has been a steady increase in the number of EVs on Irish roads in recent months, and following the launch of the Drive4Zero campaign, companies throughout Cork are supporting the uptake of electric cars through the provision of free charging and other benefits in the workplace. Drive4Zero also delivers free tolls and free parking in Cork in Q-Parks and at the Black Ash Park & Ride facility.
Regional stakeholders such as Energy Cork, Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Cork Chamber and Q-Parks, are active Drive4Zero partners. Car manufacturers supporting Drive4Zero include Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi Motors and BMW.