Having just celebrated St. Patrick's Day, it's pretty obvious that the whole "Irish I had a beer" thing is a pretty lame stereotype. Maybe the opening of the first on-street electric car chargers in the country will help people see there's more to Ireland than leprechauns and green beer. Ah, who are we kidding?

Still, the chargers are coming. The Irish electric utility Electricity Supply Board (ESB) is helping to install four curbside chargers in Dublin that will be operational by the end of the month. That's not a whole lot, but ESB says that it will install 1,500 across the country in the next 30 months, according to the Irish Times. These are quick-chargers, taking between one and two hours.

Why this ambitious rollout? Planning for the future. The head of the ESB's electric vehicle division said in December that he thinks the "vast majority" the cars in Ireland will be replaced by electric vehicles by 2035. ESB is in partnership or talking to Renault-Nissan, Peugeot-Citroen and Mitsubishi and wants to bring around 2,000 electric vehicles to Ireland by the end of 2011.

[Source: Irish Times]

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