December 03 2012
Dublin, December 3, 2012 – Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has gone electric for its latest fleet purchase as part of the company’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint.
DAA has purchased nine electric Renault Kangoo mini-vans for use at Dublin and Cork airports, making the company one of the largest electric fleet operators in the country. DAA’s decision to opt for the nine electric vehicles will result in CO2 savings of more than 200,000kg over the lifetime of the vehicles, which is equivalent to planting more than 6,000 trees.
“With this investment, DAA has become one of Ireland’s leading operators of electric vehicles, and we look forward to significantly expanding our electric fleet over the coming years,” said DAA’s Head of Sustainability, Mary Coveney.
DAA’s decision to opt for electric vehicles followed its participation in a programme supported by ESB ecars, which allowed the company to test drive a Kangoo Z.E. for a month to check its capabilities in a major international airport.
“The trial helped us build confidence throughout the organisation that buying electric vehicles wasn’t just good for the environment, but also made sense from an operational perspective,” according to Ms Coveney. “Electric vehicles are perfect for an airport environment, as they have a range of 120km and will always be close to a main charging point.”
The new electric vehicles will be used on a daily basis in both airside and landside locations by DAA maintenance crews, and staff from its car park and terminal services departments.
Patrick Magee, Renault Ireland Sales & Network Director said he was delighted that DAA had chosen the Renault Kangoo Z.E. for its new electric fleet.
“The Kangoo Z.E. has been a very popular choice for both public and private businesses looking to reduce costs whilst helping the environment and it’s great to see the DAA take up the electric challenge,” Mr Magee said. “Renault is the only manufacturer to introduce a range of 100% electric vehicles, from the Kangoo Z.E. to the Fluence Z.E. Saloon, the Twizy and the stylish compact hatch the ZOE which will both be launched in 2013”.
DAA bought the nine electric Kangoo vans from Renault Belgard, through Merrion Fleet Management. The purchase was made with the assistance of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and ESB ecars has installed nine new charging units to support the investment.
Pictured above: DAA asset care, sustainability and procurement representatives Brendan Mullins, Audrey Markham, Martin Doherty, Peter Chambers, Mary Coveney and Sean O'Dwyer at the launch of the vans outside the Old Central Terminal Building.
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