The Irish Government has announced a new partnership with Japanese car maker Mitsubishi to promote electric cars. The deal was affrimed with the car manufacturer and its subsidiaries the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), MMC Commercials and MC (Automobile).

Eamon Ryan, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, also announced that Dublin’s Trinity College will be home to the first trials of the zero-emissions, all electric Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

The i-MiEV is scheduled for a European launch this October, meaning the Dublin trial will see that city as one of the first afforded access to the car. The trail will involve the electric vehicles being made available to a range of public and private users, as ESB determines its nationwide charging structure.

ESB will also be investigating the ‘smart home charging’ program which will be trialled to make sure it can generate the maximum amounts of energy from both grid operations and also renewable resources. ESB hopes to have installed around 1,500 public charging stations by the end of 2011, in addition to 2,000 domestic charge points and some 30 fast chargers across the country.

Padraig McManus, ESB chief executive, claimed that the move showed that Ireland was at the head of the adoption of the new electric vehicle technology.