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Thursday 20 June 2019

A big drive towards an electric future

Christo Oikonomos of Bolands showing Konaato Ann Marie and Sean Colfer at the electric and hybrid car event at Newbay House
Christo Oikonomos of Bolands showing Konaato Ann Marie and Sean Colfer at the electric and hybrid car event at Newbay House

Pádraig Byrne

If the resurgence of the green party in the elections last week has shown anything, it's that we as a nation are steadily becoming more environmentally conscious. It was therefore ideal timing as a total of 10 top car brands showed off their latest electric and hybrid vehicles at the 'Electric Weekend Test Drive Event' in Newbay House.

Showing off their latest future-proof models were Audi, BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Mini, Nissan, Renault, Volkswagen, Volvo and there were also representatives from companies offering the latest home-charging technology to give customers help and advice before taking the plunge.

'It was amazing,' said organiser Barry Devereux. 'We had 94 people registered in advance and on the day we did over 350 test drives. I think everyone left happy. Newbay house was a beautiful venue for it as well and it was a lovely route just outside town for test drives. We're already in talks to do another event next year.'

While one might assume that it would be younger people that tend to be more environmentally conscious, Barry says that in actual fact it was the older generation that expressed most interest. 'The vast majority of people were fifty plus,' he said. 'I suppose from an economy point of view, these cars are cheaper to run, but they can be a little more expensive. There was massive interest in the Hyundai Kona and the Kia Nero in particular, as they have a 400km range.'

With the sun shining in the beautiful Newbay House, there was a great atmosphere and next year's event is sure to have even more cars as we drive towards an electric future.

Gorey Guardian

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