A Guide to owning an Electric Vehicle EV in Ireland
An electric vehicle revolution is on the way and is on the cusp of becoming mainstream. With rising tides and the dramatic effects of climate change coercing many of us to question our motoring habits. The motor industry is on the road to making solely electrified vehicles by the year 2050. The Hyundai KONA EV topped the sales of EV’s in January 2019 and the interest in the switch over is increasing by the day in Ireland.
Hyundai KONA Electric
Hearing all of these new terms and not a hundred percent sure what all the fuss is about?
You know the general gist – they’re good for the environment and help with fuel economy and climate change. But what are the real benefits of switching to an electric vehicle and why are they becoming increasingly popular? You might also still be attached to the stigma of EV’s being highly expensive however the price has rapidly dropped over the years by 70% and the range is continuously increasing.
Electric vehicle (EV) classifies three different types of vehicles – a battery operated electric vehicle (BEV), a Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) and a plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV). Each features batteries and electric motors that work independently to mobilise the vehicle with the use of electricity.
EV’s run on automatic transmission which makes them exceptionally easy to drive especially if you reside in a city/town environment with a lot of stop and go driving. Another great aspect of the EV is that it is incredibly quiet but holds fast acceleration. EV’s also features regenerative braking meaning the electrics can slow your car down, recharge your battery without using the brakes!
A BEV comes with some great benefits for the environmentally-friendly swayed individual. While it emits zero pollution upon use, it is also solely powered by electricity. It can be fuelled by renewable energy sources such as renewable wind power and Irish peat and natural gas. Typically it takes a BEV to recharge in your own home for approximately 2 to 3 hours. A fast charge takes approximately 30 minutes and a full charge can take several hours.
It is certainly not uncommon to see a BEV owner or a PHEV owner installing wind or solar electricity generators in their own home to charge their cars using their own renewable energy!
A HEV is a Hybrid Electric Vehicle with two energy sources coming from a battery with an electric motor and a combined highly efficient petrol engine. PHEV’S and HEV’s both hold larger battery’s and can also be plugged in and recharged just like a BEV. In addition, the fuel economy of a HEV is about 50% greater than that of a conventional petrol car.
Now that we know the different types of Electric Vehicles, we can learn about the incentives of owning an EV in Ireland.
In 2018, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport released a grant meaning EV drivers in Ireland can benefit from up to €5,000* VRT relief, €5,000 SEAI grant and also qualify for the lowest band of road tax which is €120 per annum.
In addition to this, buyers of both new and second-hand electric cars can avail of a €600 government grant to install a home charger.
At present, there are currently around 1,200 public charger points around Ireland which are free to use with an ESB eCars access card. When using Toll Bridges around Ireland, there is a 50% discount for BEV’s and on some tolls there is a 25% discount for PHEV’s.
There might also be some parking privileges as some parking authorities offer free parking to EV owners or even parking at a reduced cost.
Our Top EV picks at Fitzpatrick’s Garage:
With prices starting from €37,630, the Hyundai KONA EV comes with a range of benefits. Its maximum output is 150KW and has a driving range of up to 449km. It has a fast charging option fo 54minutes and a normal charge can last up to 9hours 35minutes based on a 64Kwh battery.
Watch one of our Hyundai Experts Brian Doolans information video on the Hyundai KONA EV Below.
The Hyundai IONIQ allows the buyer to have more freedom of choice dependant on their lifestyle and driving habits – how often you drive, how far you drive and how you drive. There are three ways to electrify your drive. The edgy, stylish Hyundai Ioniq is available in three electrified or semi-electrified forms; a regular Hybrid, a full Electric or a Plug In Electric Hybrid.
Watch one of our Hyundai Experts Brian Doolans information video on the Hyundai Ioniq below.
Upcoming EV’s to watch out for:
Mercedes-Benz is about to take the EV market by storm in 2019 with their first electric production car. The EQC, a mid-size SUV which marks the beginning of a wave of 10 brand new fully electric vehicles by the year 2022. The car is scheduled to land here in Ireland in mid 2019.
Author: Orlaith Halpin