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Can I switch to electric for €450 a month?


What are the costs of running an EV per 100km? I'm thinking of buying the new Hyundai Kona or Ioniq 5. I spend an average of €450 per month and maybe I can replace this costs with monthly payment on a new car. Also what would be the costs of buying and installing a charging station at home. Kind regards Nelson

Nelson Lopes (Ballinasloe)

Mar 2022 Filed under: electric cars

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Is there a plan for EVs in apartments?

The government have a stated plan to phase out internal combustion engines. If they are serious, they must have a plan for how people living in apartment blocks, terraced housing and anywhere else without a driveway are going to charge their full or partly electric cars while at home.

The question is, do they have a plan?



Philip Donegan (Ballina)

Aug 2021 Filed under: electric cars

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Can I buy a Citroen Ami here?

Hi there.

I have been reading about the Citroen AMI all electric vehicle and am very interested in purchasing one. Citroen Ireland tells me it has no plans to market the vehicle here. I am wondering how our department would treat this vehicle; as an electric car? Or quadricycle? Would Revenue want a cut for importing a vehicle? VAT and VRT? Purchase price is circa €6,000 in France and you can buy one online. I don't have the finances to buy a "Normal" electric vehicle where the cheapest seems to be in the €25K region. Would the Department of Transport want road tax, log book, registration fees etc?

Any pointers you might offer would be appreciated.

John Ryan. Dublin 12

John Ryan (Dublin 12)

Feb 2021 Filed under: electric cars

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Are electric cars subject to new import taxes?

Importing a fully electric car from the UK: are these still VRT and VAT exempt, as fully electric cars, up to the limit of €35k? Importing a fully electric car from NI: is this as above as well?

Regards, Donal

Donal Murphy (Cork)

Feb 2021 Filed under: electric cars

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Best electric car?

Best electric car?

John Meenan (Newbridge)

Jan 2021 Filed under: electric cars

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Can I have full VRT break down for the ID.3?

I'm trying to get my mother onto the disabled passenger scheme that means they'll give you a refund of VAT and VRT every second year.

Take the Volkswagen ID.3: your site quotes prices net of delivery, VRT and SEAI grant. Can you tell what an ID.3 would cost net of VRT as well? There's a limit on that scheme of €16k every two years on disabled passengers compared to €10k for driver scheme so taking max benefit of grant can I get breakdown of car with no grant list price maybe including other charges minus VAT minus VRT minus SEAI grant. Or is the SEAI grant part of VRT, ie one or the other?


Tom Richardson (Tipperary)

Feb 2021 Filed under: electric cars

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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?

Jim Mctiernan (Sligo)

Oct 2020 Filed under: electric cars

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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

Kieran Donnelly (Cork)

Oct 2020 Filed under: electric cars

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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.

Ruban Siva (Ratoath)

Jul 2020 Filed under: electric cars

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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?


Julie Aherne (Kilpedder, Co Wicklow)

Feb 2020 Filed under: electric cars

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