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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.?


Peter Browne (Cavan)

Feb 2019 Filed under: electric cars

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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.


Barry Slye (Cork)

Jun 2018 Filed under: electric cars

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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?

William Doyle (Dublin 6)

Feb 2018 Filed under: electric cars

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Cost of charging up a BMW i3?

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

Eugene Murphy (Galway)

Sep 2017 Filed under: electric cars

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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.

David Delaney (Kells)

Feb 2017 Filed under: electric cars

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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?

Alma Bermingham (Dublin)

Feb 2017 Filed under: electric cars

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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?

John Feely (Dublin)

May 2016 Filed under: electric cars

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How can I compare all the electric cars?


Is there anywhere one can see all currently available electric cars compared, not just under the usual headings of driving range, charging times, 0 to 100km/h time and overall drivability and practicality, but also the overall running costs (electricity charges, road tax etc.), which can vary when you include battery lease models like the Renault Zoe?

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Donal Murphy (Cork)

Apr 2016 Filed under: electric cars

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How do I plot a route for my electric car?

What about long trips in our electric car? We are regular visitors to Dingle, though we live in Kilkenny. I have tried to plot a way down, stopping to recharge, but I have to admit I am a bit confused about charge points on route.

Pat O Connor (Kilkenny)

Feb 2016 Filed under: electric cars

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Are electric cars a real option now?

Are electric cars a real option now? Looking to purchase a second hand car 2012 upwards. What do you think?

Paul Mccabe (Kilkenny)

Jan 2016 Filed under: electric cars

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