The Irish Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural (Europe), N.V.; and MMC Commercials Ltd. signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the parties to promote the electric vehicle (EV) industry in Ireland.

At the same time, Ireland’s first EV trial-project, conducted by Trinity College Dublin’s (TCD) School of Engineering on behalf of ESB, was also announced.

As part of the trial, the electric i-MiEV will be used throughout Ireland to support the planning and implementation of the ESB nationwide charging infrastructure. TCD will research customer behavior and attitudes to gain an understanding of how customers want to use their EVs. The parties intend to make the vehicles available to a wide range of users—both residential and pilot corporate customers—and to promote EVs in light of the recently announced enhanced Irish Government incentives. The Irish Government has set a target of 10% for all vehicles on Irish roads to be electric by 2020.

A “Smart Home Charging” system will be trialed which will allow the cars maximize the amount of energy they get from renewable sources, while also facilitating the operation of the electricity system. ESB has committed to installing 1,500 publicly accessible charging stations, 2,000 domestic charging points and 30 fast charging units on a nationwide basis throughout Ireland by the end of 2011.

Mitsubishi Motors has made available 15 all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEVs in advance of the general European launch in October 2010.