When will Ireland’s green vacuum cleaner arrive?
Dublin’s green electric vacuum cleaner is on its way to the US, a move that could see thousands of people move to the country’s capital.
Key points:Green electric vacuum cleaners could arrive in Ireland in six monthsDublin has been considering greening its entire electric fleet for a yearDublin city council is considering green-lighting new green electric vehiclesDublin is considering a move to green its entire electrical grid for a new green-powered carThe Dublin city council has been examining greening the entire electric grid for some time, and could eventually approve the purchase of a green electric vehicle, sources have said.
The move is likely to be announced by Dublin city councillor and local Green Party councillor Eoin McGowan on Wednesday.
It could be that a green vacuum-cleaning van will be ready in six to eight months, the source told The Irish Daily Times.
Dublin, which has the largest population of the five major Irish cities, is currently considering moving to a green-led electric grid.
The Green Party has called for the city to green-up its electric network, and has long pushed for an end to the use of diesel engines, the sources said.
It was in favour of electrifying the entire Dublin City Transport network for the first time in 2012.
Dublans green electric fleet has been studied by the city council for a long time, but it has never been formally approved.
Dubliners new green vacuum cleaners would be the first in a fleet of about 3,000 vehicles that would include electric, gas and hybrid vehicles, the green party source said.
Dublins first green electric car will be a Tesla Model S, the Green Party source said, adding that it could be a new car from BMW or Tesla.
It is unclear how much the council has considered greening a car from the European Union, and if it is a car that will be allowed to operate in Ireland.
The European Commission has warned against green-energy subsidies for cars in Europe, with Brussels banning the use in EU countries of subsidies for vehicles from other member states, such as the US.
Dublis new green car would be able to use renewable energy sources such as geothermal and bio-energy, it was understood.
A spokeswoman for the council said it was looking at the potential use of green vehicles in Dublin.
However, the spokeswoman said that it would be possible to operate an electric vehicle from a different site if Dublin City Council’s green plan was not feasible.
Dubloans new electric car is also a Model S with a range of 250 kilometres, she said.
Ms McGowan told the Irish Times he was not sure whether the council would approve the buy of a new electric vehicle.
“It is certainly something that I would be happy to discuss with the mayor and council council,” he said.
“We have a green plan and the mayor has indicated he wants to green our whole electric grid.”
A spokeswoman from the council confirmed the green electric van would be ready for testing, but declined to provide details of the test.
Dubs first green car is expected to be ready by the end of this year, but will not be able, until then, to operate from a road site, it is understood.
Dubland’s green car programme will be phased over three years, with green vehicles first arriving in the capital in 2021.
Dublang’s first green vacuum cleaners will be produced by the American company Tesla, which will make about 10 per cent of the vehicle, the Irish Daily Mail has reported.
It also reported that Tesla is keen to have a fleet ready in Dublin by 2020, before the first green cars are made available to the public.
Dublan’s first vehicle will be an electric van, with the Green-Party source claiming that the car will “be capable of traveling up to 250 kilometres.”
It is understood that a company called EcoTech is working on a similar model.
The first car is currently being tested by the US company General Motors, which says that the electric vehicle is safe, reliable and eco-friendly.
The green car company, however, has not provided any figures on how much it would cost to build the car.
Dublians first electric car, the EcoTech Tesla Model 3, will be built in a factory in California, according to the report.
The city council will be considering the purchase on Wednesday, it will be decided by a meeting of the Dublin City Planning Committee.
The decision could be made in six or eight months time, the Dublin Times said.