Grenlec tests all-electric cars to help lower energy costs, improve efficiency, and increase environmental benefits
Grenlec is piloting all-electric vehicles (EVs) to evaluate the energy efficiency, cost savings, safety, performance, environmental benefits of this advanced technology in Grenada. Compared to conventional gas-driven cars, EVs are estimated to achieve the equivalent of up to 75 miles per gallon (MPGe).
EVs run on an electric motor powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack. The drive range of an average EV is up to 100 miles on a single charge. To charge the average battery to the recommended 80% capacity takes about three to four hours.
Energy Efficient and Environmentally Friendly
EVs have shown to be more energy-efficient than conventional internal-combustion engine cars, saving as much as much as 50% on fuel and maintenance costs over the life of the car. In addition, EVs boast zero tail-pipe exhaust, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and could contribute to a healthier, “greener” environment in Grenada.
Grenlec Charging Stations
Two wall chargers will be located at Grenlec facilities and four card-activated (RFID) smart double outlet chargers for public use will be strategically located in Grenada. In the future, Grenlec may install additional public charging stations in select areas based on the needs of future EV owners.
EVs come in a variety of models and performance varies by manufacturer and model type. For the pilot, Grenlec purchased two Acenta Nissan LEAFs and one Nissan e-NV200 Acenta Rapid Plus 5-seater van to replace three retired vehicles in its company fleet.
Given the variances in terrain throughout the nation, the pilot aims to test the performance and efficiency of electric cars on actual road surface conditions in Grenada. Compared to combustion engine cars, EV’s are reported to accelerate more quickly and offer a quieter, smoother ride.
The electric vehicle pilot programme will run for six months, providing time to collect technical and economic performance data for assessing the feasibility of EV options in the future. Findings of the pilot will be reported periodically to the public.
For more information about Grenlec’s pilot programme, please contact Grenlec at [email protected] or visit www.grenlec.com/energise.
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