Zero emissions, 100% electric.
This is what Grenlec is promoting as it is now the owner of three electric vehicles on the island, bringing the company one step closer to help Grenada become more energy efficient and to reduce its carbon footprints.
The sole electricity company on island invited the media last Friday to have an experience with their Electric Vehicles – two Nissan Leaf and a five-seater passenger van.
The event, which took place at Grenlec headquarters at Dusty Highway, gave media personalities the chance to drive one of the company’s electric vehicles, and to get first hand view of features that differs from a gas vehicle.
The purchase of the three electric vehicles is part of a pilot project that is to run between six and nine months.
According to GRENLEC’s Corporate Communications Manager, Prudence Greenidge, the company will use the period to obtain a number of relevant information on the use of electricity cars in the local environment.
She said: “A lot of claims have been made about electric vehicles; energy efficiency is one of them of course, in terms of the range that is one of particular interest to us, the vehicles that we have, (they) have an 80 mile range. One of the things we want to look at is how our terrain impacts the performance of the vehicles. Already we are recognising the energy savings and this is preliminary data – you save about 50% of the energy cost that you would spend on gas vehicles of comparable size and that of course is something that we know is quite significant”.
Greenidge told reporters that the vehicles are far more expensive than those using gas and having a comparable size.
“…We are not here to sell vehicles. Grenlec is not going to get into the business of selling electric vehicles at any point but we are really trying to provide much information so that customers can be educated and informed and therefore make their own decisions.
“We do want to recognise what we are doing in collaboration with the government of Grenada and we are happy to provide all of the information on the vehicles that we will gather over the next few months.
THE NEW TODAY understands that one of the vehicles cost Grenlec in the vicinity of EC$100,000 from one of its contacts in Barbados.
Greenidge pointed out that the vehicles take approximately four hours to charge on the company’s compound at a cost of $20.
“You can plug the vehicle in on any 220 charger at your home. It will take longer if you plug it in at home, maybe about eight hours. You will probably want to charge that overnight if you charging at home …”, she said.
The female Grenlec Executive disclosed that the chargers for these electricity vehicles are not necessarily going to be located in places like gas stations but rather in places where people would regularly park and leave their vehicles for some time.
Greenidge said that although the vehicles are expensive to purchase it should be seen as a business venture.
“We are going to publish information monthly as we go along. We’re also engaging a number of other people… some people are already considering it as a potential business opportunity.
“I think that idea is really to see based on the information given if there is demand for the vehicles and of course the information that people research on their own.
Greenidge acknowledged that Barbados has started the same way as Grenlec and it worked out fairly well for the island as there are now over 100 electric vehicles on the road there.