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How to convert my Mercedes to electric?

I have a 2013 Mercedes 220 CDI and I love the car, but put up low mileage (10,000km a year); how long does it take to convert to electric and what would the cost be?


Filed under electric cars - Asked by Paddy Power (Cork) - Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:27

How much to convert Jaguar X300 to electric?


Just a query for my uncle please. How much roughly would it be to change a Jaguar X300 3.2 from petrol to electric please?



Filed under electric cars - Asked by Jackie Daly (Glenageary) - Sun, 14 Apr 2019 17:52

Which battery has the 2016 Renault Zoe?

Does a 2016 Renault Zoe Dynamique Nav R90 have a 40kW battery or the old 23kW one?

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Alma Haughey (Dundalk) - Sat, 16 Feb 2019 23:10

Should I buy a new electric car now?


I am holding my breath before taking the EV plunge. The choice so far is between the Nissan Leaf e plus, the Kia e-Niro 64kW and the Hyundai Kona Electric. I know two of these will be 192-reg, but so far I have taken a test drive in the Kona and the current Leaf. Sorry to report that the Kona got the thumbs down on a few fronts.

Sadly the nit pickers have decided that they can throw the scraps to "poor Paddy". Smaller touch screen, standard cruise control and no spare. No height adjustment for front passenger seat. Just compare the UK offerings. Also quite a lot of road noise. To add insult the dealer padded his price to a ridiculous €40,000 after all rebates.

The test in the Leaf, albeit not the desired version, was a pleasure. It even had a slim spare wheel slung outside under the boot. Your review of the e-Niro doesn't mention the spare wheel, which is essential outside the cities. And as some drivers will want to carry one and the tools to fit it a lot of that space will be gone.

The Kona actually has a well under the boot floor, which houses the charging cable. How ridiculous is that! Imagine a young family going on an overnight trip. Pull everything out to find the cable... So finally, the question: should I go for the Leaf when it arrives or wait for the 2020 Volkswagen I.D.?


Filed under electric cars - Asked by Peter Browne (Cavan) - Tue, 05 Feb 2019 21:45

Should we get a second EV for towing?

Hi, a question about a second car. What would be a good choice for a second car for travelling to work that does small mileage (10-20 miles) daily? Our main car is a Nissan Leaf, which we use for the majority of our driving. A car that can tow a small trailer would be ideal, something with low tax and running costs. Budget is about 6-7 thousand euro, with the intention of trading in the car in a few years time for a newer model. Have thought of buying another electric car, but not sure about having two electric cars in household until longer range cars are available or charging network improves.

Thank you for your help.


Filed under electric cars - Asked by Barry Slye (Cork) - Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:55

Can I write off cost of EV in first year?

I was told that if I buy a fully electric car for my business that I can write off the cost of it in the first year. Is this correct?

Filed under electric cars - Asked by William Doyle (Dublin 6) - Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:00

Cost of charging up a BMW i3?

What is the cost of charging a BMW i3 at 18c per kWh?

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Eugene Murphy (Galway) - Sat, 23 Sep 2017 11:31

Would an electric car work for us?

Hi there,

My wife drives a 2005 Toyota RAV4 1.8 petrol. Over a year ago she changed jobs from a 6km commute to one with a 48km commute each way. This is half motorway and then mainly country roads. This coupled with kid taxi duties means she does nearly 650km a week (Mon to Fri) and spends around €75 a week on petrol. I do 900km a week and already have a car loan for a diesel car.

So my question is, an electric car feasible for someone with that commute and no option to charge at work, except for probably emergencies, and monthly repayments must be €300 or less? Which I assume means that the new Ioniq and new Leaf are out of reach.

Filed under electric cars - Asked by David Delaney (Kells) - Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:04

What's the best electric car right now?

Which is the best electric car in relation to performance and most importantly cost to buy and running cost?

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Alma Bermingham (Dublin) - Thu, 02 Feb 2017 02:24

Worth buying the new long-range Nissan Leaf?

Is the new 2016 electric Nissan Leaf worth buying with range of 115 miles for €25,000? Is it worth waiting for the 2018 model that  might have a range of 200 miles?

Filed under electric cars - Asked by John Feely (Dublin) - Thu, 19 May 2016 13:19

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