The Aran Islands has been selected to take part in a three-year trial of electric vehicles.

The pilot project is a collaboration between Sustainable Energy Ireland and the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Eight householders on the Aran Islands will be provided with a bright orange electric car, with six going to Inis Mór and one each to Inis Meain and Inis Oírr.

The Aran Islands were selected as an ideal test location due to the abundance of wind and ocean energy.

Drivers of the Mega e-City three-door hatchback will pay €12 for the lease of the vehicle.

The main cost is a €400 payment for the installation of a charge point close to home.

The overall running cost per year is estimated to be around €90.

The aim of the project is to increase the number of electric vehicles on the islands and to eventually generate enough energy to provide electricity, heat and transport for the islands.

Different households will be chosen to take part in the project each year and the vision is to have no carbon fuel of any kind in the future.