Carrick-on-Shannon native, Marie Lowe is one of 21 ecar ambassadors, from all over Irealnd, who are taking part in the ESB’s Great Electric Drive.
In June 2012, ESB ecars launched a campaign to recruit members of the general public and organisations to apply to join a team of ecar ambassadors and drive an electric car for up to a year. In total 11 men and eight women with a wide range of interests and lifestyles have been selected to share their experiences on TV, radio and online as well as through surveys and questionnaires.
Marie was one of the successful applicants. She and her husband Sean live in a sustainable house that they themselves designed. She works as an adult education tutor teaching basic education and English to native and new members of the local community. She has dreamed of owning an ecar since they started generating their own electricity five years ago.
90% of her driving is done in a radius of 20km and she is excited by the prospect of powering a car through renewable sources such as wind or sun. Marie wants to be an evangelist for electric cars and with her infectious enthusiasm hopes that before long Leitrim will be teeming with ecars!
All of the Irish research on electric vehicles including data from The Great Electric Drive, informs the international/EU research projects that ESB ecars is involved in.
The ecar ambassadors will drive one of the following electric car models; Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi iMiEV and Renault Kangoo ZE commercial van. Each ecar ambassador will have a charge point installed in their home or workplace and will also power up by using the public charge point network that is being rolled out by ESB ecars and now covers 82% of all major towns and cities in Republic of Ireland. Drivers will also be able to travel to Northern Ireland as the charging infrastructure and charge point access cards (used to access the public charge points) are compatible on both sides of the border.