More than 150 supercars will participate in Ireland's upcoming 1000-kilometer (621-mile) Cannonball Ireland 2011 passing through 14 counties during the three-day run. But one vehicle, a lime green Nissan Leaf, is sure to stand out from the crowd.

This is the third year the event has been run, and ESB ecars will field a single electric Leaf that will be recharged at carefully selected points along the Cannonball route. The goal of ESB ecars is to demonstrate that traveling in an electric vehicle around the whole of Ireland is possible by using the nation's already-extensive charging infrastructure.

On Sunday September 11, the final day of Cannonball Ireland 2011, ESB ecars will unveil Ireland's newest quick- and standard-charge points. With this entry, ESB ecars has become the first-ever team to enter an electric vehicle in Ireland's annual long-distance showdown.
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Today, ESB ecars announced the entry of the first electric car in a Cannonball Run anywhere in the world.

ESB ecars is one of the sponsors of the 1000km road trip around Ireland in aid of Barretstown Camp.

More than 150 supercars will participate in the Cannonball Run passing through 14 counties, stopping in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Westport and Kilkenny. ESB ecars will power the all electric Nissan LEAF car by plugging into charge points along the route, demonstrating that journeys in an electric car around Ireland are possible by using the charging infrastructure which is already installed.

On Sunday 11th, the final day of the Cannonball Run, ESB ecars will launch a fast and standard charge point in Topaz Athlone as part of the nationwide infrastructure rollout. This is a pivotal location for fast charging as it enables electric car motorists to travel east-west and north-south. This event will take place on Sunday 11th, 12 noon where a number of Cannonball supercars will be on display.

"Cannonball, in aid of Barretstown, not only raises important funding but it also helps to promote awareness about the work they do to rebuild the lives of sick children at the specially designed activity camp in Kildare. We are delighted to support this worthy cause and offer a unique aspect to the event by driving the first ever electric car in a Cannonball Run." said Paul Mulvaney, Managing Director ESB ecars.

Electric Car Charge Point Route & Tour Stops

Friday 9th September

Start line 10.00pm, Merrion Square
Tour stop in Mondello, 11.00pm
Fast charge Monasterevin, Kilkenny
Tour stop Waterford, 2.30pm
Fast charge Dungarvan
Tour stop Cork, 7.00pm
Overnight charge in Cork

Saturday 10th September

Depart Cork and fast charge in Limerick
Tour stop in Bunratty, 12 – 2.30
Fast charge in Galway
Tour stop Westport, 6.30
Overnight charge in Westport

Sunday 11th September

Depart Westport and fast charge in Galway
Launch of fast charge point in Topaz Athlone, 12.00pm
Tour stop and charge in Kinnitty, 1.30
Finish line: Kilkenny, 5.00

Cannonball Run

Cannonball, in aid of Barretstown, will commence on September 9th 2011 with more than 150 super cars as An Taoiseach Enda Kenny drops the flag on Merrion Square at 10am. Over 100,000 spectators will line the streets around Ireland in anticipation of this most spectacular event. Over the last 2 years the Cannonball sponsored by Stobart Ireland has successfully raised over €235,000 for Barretstown to help rebuild the lives of children affected by childhood cancer. Cannonball was founded by Naas Businessman Alan Bannon of AB signs who has organised the event for the last 3 years. It is now largest organised road trip in Europe. Each stage of the event and each host town is infused with an electric atmosphere featuring a street festivals Brazilian dancers, snake charmers, music and fire eaters. Along the way Cannonball will also feature a stunt air display, a dramatic Navy ship, The Stig on water skis, medieval knights, a giant custom built hot air balloon, sky candles and of course, the unique Cannonball style and generosity. See www.cannonball.ie

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