An Electric Partnership between DIT and Renault

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L to R: Robert Simpson Head of School, Mechanical and Transport Engineering, Eric Basset, MD Renault Ireland, Declan Allen Assistant Head of School Mechanical and Transport Engineering.

10th March 2011

A new partnership between Renault Ireland and DIT to deliver tailored electric car training programmes to the Renault Dealer network was signed on Saturday 26th February at the Irish Times Motor Show.

The Department of Transport Engineering at DIT Bolton Street will provide electric vehicle education, training, assessment, technical problem solving and diagnostic trouble shooting on behalf of Renault Ireland.

According to Eric Basset, Managing Director of Renault Ireland, the partnership with DIT is strategic to the development and training for their electric vehicles. “It is a pleasure to be working with DIT. We are on schedule for the launch of our range of electric vehicles starting with the Kangoo Z.E. arriving in November. The partnership will ensure that our network receives superior training in advance of the launch and ongoing throughout the coming years”.

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DIT helicopter placed on Skoda Yeti at the Motor Show features stand as featured on recent Top Gear TV programme.

Declan Allen Head of Department, DIT is thrilled to be part of this new era in Irish motoring. He is looking forward to building on this new partnership with Renault Ireland to deliver tailored electric car training programmes to the Renault dealership-network. “There is no doubt in my mind the automotive industry is entering a new era with the roll out of electric cars and I look forward to seeing Renault’s extensive range of electric cars a common sight on our roads.

The Department of Transport Engineering, DIT

The Department of Transport Engineering has a multi-disciplinary approach to education, offering a range of programmes in all areas of the transport industry: apprenticeship programmes in vehicle body repair, heavy and light vehicle mechanics, motor cycle maintenance, and aircraft maintenance, as well as whole and part time technology and management programmes to degree level. The Department recently launched a new degree programme dedicated to the motor industry, the BEngTech in Automotive Technology and Diagnostics The programme is aimed at meeting the educational needs of the automotive sector by providing graduates with a degree level qualification. The programme offers a core-disciplinary approach in which the learners obtain a high level of technological and diagnostics skills specifically related to the automotive sector.

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