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Our challenge ? Driving from Mizen Head to Malin head and back in less than 24 hours in an Electric car on the 14-15th NovemberA total distance of over 1300km.

Why ? We want to promote Electric Vehicle (EV) driving/ownership in Ireland, and show that you can drive long distances in an EV.

Who are we ? Jan-Bart Spang and Guillaume Seguin, committee members of the Irish EV Owners Association. We both have EVs; Jan-Bart a Renault Zoé and Guillaume a Nissan Leaf. As well as driving them daily, we also have experience on long trips as we have both carried out international trips in our electric cars.

EVs are suitable to most drivers … they just don’t know they are! Most common preconceptions or concerns are lack of range, and charging network availability. We would like to show that an EV can easily be driven around the country, in a timely manner.

The car. A 2014 Renault Zoe.

The approximate route


We will drive a Renault Zoé, from Mizen Head to Malin Head through the east and back through the west coast. We will show that the charging network works along motorways but also on N roads and in the west. We will invite anyone who is curious of EV technology and ownership to meet up at our “Chat and Charge impromptus, while the car is charging.

Please see below our approximate stop times (we will give live update on twitter/facebook)

Saturday :

10:00 Start at Mizen Head

11.50 to 12.05 in Hernons Great Gas, Bypass Road, Bandon, County Cork

12.30 to 13.00 in Topaz Frankfield Service Station, Frankfield Road, Douglas, County Cork

14.00 to 14.15 in Topaz, M8 Junction 8 (R692), Wallers Lot, Cashel, County Tipperary

14.45 to 15.15 in Topaz, M8 @Junction 3 (R433), Ballacolla, County Laois

16.35 to 17.10 in Topaz, Corballis Road North, Dublin Airport, County Dublin

17.50 to 18.20 in Applegreen Castlebellingham, M1 (Northbound, between Junctions 15 & 16), Castlebellingham, County Louth

19.20 to 19.50 in Donnelly’s Garage, 57 Moy Road, BT71 7DT Dungannon, Tyrone

20.20 to 20.30 in Jamsie’s Garage, 31B Glenshane Road, Maghera, BT46 5JZ Derry

21.15 to 21.40 in Maxol , Glendermot Road, Waterside, Londonderry, BT47 6BG Derry

22:00 Arrival at Malin Head

23.40 to 00.05 in Maxol , Glendermot Road, Waterside, Londonderry, BT47 6BG Derry

Sunday :

1.15 to 1.30 in Kee’s Esso Service Station, N15/R232 Junction, Laghey, County Donegal

2.00 to 2.10 in Texaco Londis Service Station, Sligo Road, Grange, County Sligo

3.30 to 3.55 in McHugh’s Texaco Service Station, Galway Road, Ballindine, County Mayo

5.25 to 5.55 in Topaz Service Station, Airport Road, Tullyvaragh, Shannon, County Clare

7.00 to 7.30 in Irish Rail Mallow Station, Limerick Road, Mallow, County Cork

8.25 to 8.50 in Hernons Great Gas, Bypass Road, Bandon, Cork

10:00 Finish at Mizen Head


During our trip, you can follow us on Twitter:

#EVm2m #ChatAndCharge @lovrenault @janbartspang


Also, we’ll post update on the Irish EV Owners Association Facebook Page