Some bright sparks
It was great to go down to Electro Thursday, which was part of Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology's (IADT) Green Week. The day, organised by first-year Business and Arts Management students, included test drives in Mitsubishi's i-Miev Colt-sized electric car which has a range of around 170km between charges and would cost around €155 to power for 10,000km through your home power supply.
Joe Harvey of Grace and Harvey, Glasthule Road, Dun Laoghaire, who brought the car down, was enthusiastic about the whole electric project and a green and sustainable future for Irish motoring. But Joe is a realist and knows that the infrastructure needs to be a lot better and vehicle prices will have to come down sharply from the €30,000-plus for the i-Miev.
Probably more affordable for the students at IADT were the electric bikes on show from CyclePower in Walkinstown, Dublin 12.
Gerry Haughton at CyclePower can fit a battery and motor to most bikes or supply a top-of-the-range bike complete with superb lights, computer and five-speed motor for a little more than €1,000. That amount can almost be halved through the Bike to Work Scheme. The lazy part of me loved the bikes, but I think I need the exercise from my present bone-rattler.
The students at IADT should be commended for really embracing the whole green thing for the week -- a commitment which even included some very green hair. IADT is a very vibrant place which oozes creativity.
Massive thanks to the committee of Ciara Behan, Joseph O'Sullivan, Louise Perry and Dorothy Murphy who invited me down, and to marketing lecturer Barry McIntyre who showed me round. Next time I will cycle down.