Changing Gear to Electric – Information evening on Electric Vehicle

Pauline, Joseph and Karen Burke, Dealer Principals of JJ Burke Car Sales

JJ Burke Car Sales, Ballinrobe held an Electric Vehicle (EV) virtual information evening on Thursday evening last, 25th March with a panel of Ireland’s leading EV experts.

Due to the current pandemic registered guests joined in from the comfort of their homes and offices across Ireland, the event itself was held through webinar and live on Facebook. The highly anticipated evening was hosted by Caroline Downey who was live from the Mayo dealership while panellists ‘zoomed’ in.

“We are all in this together” said Hugh Hall, Executive Director, ePower Ireland. Hugh gave a very insightful presentation on the different kind of chargers available, cost of the chargers and some information on installing and securing from both a domestic and commercial basis. “Don’t be left with questions we are here to support you”, Hugh added, a really important point as the government’s aim is to have us all in Electric Vehicles by 2030.

Geraldine Herbert, Motoring Journalist, a regular contributor to radio/ TV shows and founder of gave us an in-depth rundown on the advantages and disadvantages of driving electric. Geraldine told of “how fun it is to drive a fully electric car” and why we really have no reason to have ‘range anxiety, “all you need to do is plan your journeys, learn how to efficiently drive them and in a short space of time you will really understand that driving electric really is the way to go”. Geraldine reiterated, “the biggest thing is the test drive. JJ Burke’s offer a 24 to 72 hr test drive. This is excellent, other dealerships should look at doing the same. The cost of buying an EV is at a premium however you need to take into consideration the total cost of ownership and eventually, in the coming years the cost of an EV will be on par with a petrol/ diesel version.”

Programme Manager at SEAI, Shane Prendergast presented a detailed discussion on where we need to be by 2030, “a fundamental shift in consumer vehicle preference is required for Ireland to meet the target of 936,300 EVs by 2030, as indicated by the Climate Action Plan (CAP). We are delighted that we can offer grants. We will ensure the grant application process is as smooth as possible and will be done between the dealership where you purchased the vehicle and ourselves.”

We heard from JJ Burke’s customer, Seamus Coyne, “I am delighted with my Renault Zoe and I would never go back into a Petrol or diesel car again”; Seamus told us.

After many questions from the engaged virtual audience the evening closed on a conversation with JJ Burke Car Sales, Dealer Principal and Renault EV Expert, Joseph Burke and JJ Burke Sales Executive and Peugeot EV Expert, John Robinson giving us a rundown on the Renault and Peugeot EV’s available at the Ballinrobe dealership.  “What a fantastic evening,” said Joseph after the event, “We are delighted with the interest this evening, this shows there is an appetite to understand more about EV’s and we are well-positioned here at JJ Burkes having in-house experts at hand. We are so grateful to Geraldine, Hugh and Shane for their expertise this evening and we look forward to working with them in the future for more events like this.”


You can watch the event back here



If you missed the ‘Changing Gear to Electric’ information evening it is available on JJ Burke Car Sales Facebook page or go to from more information. JJ Burke Car Sales are one of the West of Ireland leading new and used Car Dealerships. JJ Burke Car Sales, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo 094 954 1359


26th March 2021

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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