Irish Ferries fits ships for electric and hybrid cars

Electric and hybrid car travel between Ireland, Britain and France has come closer to being an everyday occurrence thanks to an initiative by Irish Ferries and ESB ecars, which has seen battery charging points being installed on two of its vessels.

To date, charging points have been fitted on the Dublin-Holyhead cruise ferry Ulysses and on the Rosslare-Cherbourg/Roscoff cruise ferry Oscar Wilde.

Citing it as a further indication of Irish Ferries’ desire to be at the forefront in embracing latest technology, marketing manager Daragh O’Reilly, said: “The move extends the horizon for electric and hybrid car drivers who can, in future, recharge their batteries in more ways than one as they sail into and out of Ireland.”

The service is free to users. The intention on the part of Irish Ferries will be to extend the facility to the remaining two vessels in the Irish Ferries fleet – the Dublin-Holyhead fast ferry Jonathan Swift and the Rosslare-Pembroke cruise ferry Isle of Inishmore.

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