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Launch of first electric patrol car in Irish Shopping Centre

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte visited Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on Tuesday 9th March where Public Safety and Security Manager David Ward (right) showcased the centre’s electric Patrol Vehicle, ‘Sparky 1′


Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, Dublin 22 has become the first centre in Ireland to introduce an emission-free electric security patrol car by taking delivery of a Renault Kangoo Z.E. model as part of the scheme’s overall sustainability ethos.

The aptly named ‘Sparky 1’ Renault Kangoo Z.E boasts 0 g of CO2/km, zero pollutant emissions, a completely silent engine and has received the seal of approval from the Vatican after the Pope Benedict XVI took delivery of two of the vehicles following its launch last year.

Based on Kangoo Maxi Z.E., the van measures 4.6 metres in length and 1.8 metres in width. It is powered by a 44kW (60hp) electric motor and a lithium-ion battery which ensures an average NEDC combined-cycle range of 105 miles.

The move falls in line with the shopping centre’s commitment to addressing the industry’s sustainability challenges and making the most of new technologies which support a more efficient use of energy.

Centre Manager, Denis O’Connell, said:

“At Liffey Valley, sustainability is high on our agenda and we are  constantly looking at new and innovative ways to reduce our carbon footprint and encourage greener operations. We make every effort to minimise the environmental effects we may have on our surroundings and local community and being the first centre in Ireland to introduce an electric patrol car reinforces this. ‘Sparky 1’ will now be in full operational service and will have an impact on our carbon emissions and fuel expenses.”

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte was present at the launch of the E.V. and commented:

“I am always pleased to see Irish businesses looking at new ways in which they can act more responsibly and play their part in protecting the environment. By introducing an electric security patrol vehicle, powered by an on-site charging station, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre is embracing the future of technology while contributing to climate change and air quality. Hopefully this advancement will inspire other businesses in Ireland to follow suit and decarbonise transport emissions.”

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