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Is a car's battery charged by the engine?

Can you tell me, if the battery is low on a journey can it be charged by the engine?

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Jim Mctiernan (Sligo) - Wed, 14 Oct 2020 19:46

Can you give us 2021 pricing on these EVs?


Curious to know what the difference will be on BEV pricing under the new VRT rules compared with current pricing (which has €5,000 VRT rebate). Would be interesting to see old vs new pricing on a few e.g. Mazda MX-30, Peugeot e-208, Honda e, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model 3.

Thanks, Kieran Donnelly

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Kieran Donnelly (Cork) - Wed, 14 Oct 2020 11:41

Will a home EV charger do all cars?

I am interested in buying the Peugeot 508 PHEV. My question is, if in future I change to another make (e.g. Volkswagen), can I use the same home charger system that I plan to install with the SEAI grant? I travel 100km (up and down to work) so I think I have to charge it daily.

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Ruban Siva (Ratoath) - Fri, 31 Jul 2020 11:18

Is now the right time to go electric for me?

I'm currently driving up to 25,000km per year. Mostly motorway commuting, approx 90km daily, Mon-Fri. I'm upgrading my 2013 Hyundai ix35 diesel with 93,000 miles. I'd love to go electric and I'm sure I could manage it by charging every night, but I'm not sure if it's the right time to make the move. Should I take the plunge or go with another diesel?


Filed under electric cars - Asked by Julie Aherne (Kilpedder, Co Wicklow) - Mon, 10 Feb 2020 18:47

Are EV range figures based on 100% battery?


All the articles I read say that electric car batteries should only be charged to 80/85 per cent. Are the published range figures based on 100 per cent or 80 per cent charging?

Thanks, Philip

PS: For me, electric cars will only become realistic when they have a real world range of 600km.

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Philip Donegan (Ballina) - Wed, 15 Jan 2020 12:02

Where to go to get an EV home charger?


Any advice/recommendations for EV home chargers? I’ve ordered an EV and have no clue where to start when choosing what size/type home charger to install.

Any help appreciated.

Many thanks.

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Iobhán Smith (Ennis) - Fri, 03 Jan 2020 19:38

Hyundai Kona Electric or Kia e-Niro?

Which is the best electric car - Hyundai Kona or Kia Niro?

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Patrick Garvey (Carrickmacross) - Tue, 19 Nov 2019 14:25

Do I pay VRT importing an electric car?

I am considering buying a full electric car in UK - do I have to pay VRT on this type of car?

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Felicity English (Longford) - Sat, 02 Nov 2019 19:00

Lot of electric car questions for you...

Is there a map of the electric charging points available to the public in Ireland? Is there an app for this? Which brands sell electric cars that can be charged at home at night-rate electricity charges? Is the battery capacity of electric cars much improved and what range can you expect now as 2019 ends?

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Sharon Jackson (Kiltegan) - Tue, 08 Oct 2019 13:44

Electric or hybrid for me through work?


I would like to ask for your help in choosing between a new electric car (price 30,000 Euro) and a hybrid car (price 24,000 Euro), taking into consideration that, due to my workplace, I am exempt from paying the VRT and the VAT. Could you please help me find out the final price I will need to pay for those two types of cars?

Thank you.

Filed under electric cars - Asked by Andrew Parnwell (Dublin) - Wed, 25 Sep 2019 11:54

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