We do our best to be more environmentally friendly, whether we recycle our waste at home, use less fuel or buy less packaging. Electric cars are a growing trend in Ireland at the moment, with an almost 500% increase in sales in the first three months of 2019 alone!1
This year is the year to make the change with 25 electric car models eligible for an SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) grant in Ireland. Not only that, there’s also a whopping 1,100 charging points around the country as of 2019, so it’s never been a better time to consider the move to an electric or hybrid car.2 What’s the difference between the two? An electric car runs solely on electric power, while a hybrid uses a combination of electric power and a much lower amount of fuel than a standard car.
So, how do you choose which model is best for you when there are so many options available? Here’s a list of our top three electric cars and their features so you can make the right choice for you.
The Nissan Leaf is the best-selling electric car in Europe and sits at a lower price point of €28,690.3
The Nissan e-pedal means you can accelerate, break and fully stop all with one pedal. It also comes with Nissan ProPilot, which can accelerate, steer, brake and park for you! How times have changed eh? The car also comes with four cameras to give you a full 360˚ view around your car to make tight manoeuvres easier.
The Ioniq has a maximum speed of 165km/h, and road tax is just €120 a year for the fully electric model. It has a sleek and simple interior with heated seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, reversing camera, SatNav, and dual-zone air con. However, the roof slopes slightly so anyone more than six feet might find it a bit cramped.
Re-charging the battery from empty for this car takes 12 hours with a conventional plug, four hours using Hyundai’s home Pod Point charger, or just 30 minutes with a rapid charger. Rapid chargers are usually found in service stations around the country.4
If you want to cruise around in a seriously premium electric car, the Audi E-Tron is your answer. This electric car has a 95kWh battery which means the E-Tron accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in less than six seconds and can cover up to 390 kilometres on one charge!
The E-Tron has 12 colours to choose from and has a very spacious interior. The car has a very large 605-litre boot, adaptive air suspension, LED headlights, 360˚ cameras, keyless charging points on both sides of the car, and a high resolution, virtual cockpit. This is a digital screen that displays details such as speed, interior and exterior temperature and maps. There are optional virtual wing mirrors with the E-Tron (a small camera processes the views around the car and digitally displays them on the OLED touchscreen display on the inside of both front doors – pretty cool). The E-Tron will charge to 100% battery in just 50 minutes with a rapid charger, and four hours with a standard charger.
Do you love cars as much as we do? Then take a look at our favourite car gadgets for 2020.
If you’re ready to make the move to a hybrid or electric car and do your bit for the environment, be sure to also look after your investment. Buy your Aviva car insurance online and we’ll give you a 21% discount. Get your quote today.5