Electric Cars 2020

Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular in the Irish market, with a steady increase of electric vehicles being registered each year. Statistics from SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry) reported a 180% increase in registrations for new electric cars in 2019 compared to 2018. Car manufacturers are racing to introduce completely electric models to their range, with more choice available than ever before.

As proud Hyundai dealers, we are delighted that they are one of the most popular brands for electric cars in Ireland. Hyundai were the bestselling electric car brand in 2019 with over 35% of the market share. The Hyundai Kona joined the Nissan Leaf at the top of the table as the two most popular models.

To help our customers decide if an electric car is the right choice for them, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If there’s something we haven’t covered in the following sections, or if you’d like to talk to a member of our team about electric cars, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

How far can electric cars travel before they need to be charged?

Electric car range is one of the biggest concerns we hear from customers when it comes to making the switch to electric. Luckily there are plenty of long range electric cars now available to the Irish market that can travel as far as 450km on a single charge. The Hyundai KONA has a driving range of up to 449km whilst the Hyundai IONIQ has a driving range of up to 312km.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

The time it takes to fully charge an electric car can be anywhere between 30 minutes to 10+ hours, depending on the size of the car’s battery and the power of the charging station. The majority of the time your electric car will just need to be topped up, which of course takes less time than a full charge. The 3 main charge methods are explained in the following section.

Where can I charge my electric car?

There are 3 main types of charge points that are being installed by ESB nationwide. These are; home charge points, public charge points and fast charge points.

Home Charge Points

Home charge points are usually installed to an outside wall of your house, or in a garage. The power is then drawn from your mains supply. One of the most common ways to charge your electric car with a home charge point is overnight. When the Kona is plugged into a standard 7kW AC home charge point, it takes 9 hours 35 minutes to reach a full charge.

Electric cars can be charged using a regular household socket with a charging cable. However, this is the slowest method of charge and is only recommended as an emergency solution. It would take 31 hours to charge the Hyundai Kona using this method.

Public Charge Points

There are approximately 1,100 public charge points for electric cars across Ireland. You can see an interactive map displaying these public charge points here. https://www.esb.ie/ecars/charge-point-map Public charge points are more powerful than home charge points and will recharge your car quicker, usually anywhere between 1 – 6 hours.

Public Fast Charge Points

Fast charging points are installed mainly along motorways and inter-urban routes and have much shorter charging times than domestic charging. By utilizing 3-phase power, these fast charge points can charge an electric car to 80% in just 20 – 30 minutes. Both the Hyundai Kona and Hyundai IONIQ can be charged to 80% power in just 54 minutes when connected to a 100kW DC fast-charge station. When connected to a 50kW fast-charge station, it takes 75 minutes to reach the same level of charge.

Is a charging station included in the price of my electric car?

Charging stations must be purchased separately when you buy an electric car. The prices vary depending on the type of charging station you choose. The SEAI (sustainable energy authority of Ireland) will cover up to €600 of this cost for eligible electric vehicles. You can install a 7kW charging station for as little as €150 after the grant has been applied.

Are electric cars environmentally friendly?

Electric cars have many environmental benefits that make them much better for the planet than their petrol or diesel counterparts. They emit less greenhouse gases and air pollutants. This is true even after the production of the vehicle and the generation of the electricity required to fuel them has been considered. They improve the air quality and reduce air pollution by producing zero tailpipe emissions when driving. This saves pedestrians from breathing in the dangerous gases.

Electric vehicles also help to reduce noise pollution as they are far quieter to drive. The practice of charging electric cars at night also has environmental benefits. Energy consumption is lower at night and wind generation tends to be more prominent. When you charge your electric car at night, greater amounts of renewable energy is consumed.

Are electric cars cheaper to run?

Electric cars are cheaper to run than petrol and diesel cars for a number of reasons including; cheaper road tax, cheaper service costs and cheaper fuel costs. There are also numerous grants and other reductions available to electric car drivers.  Road tax is only €120 per year for an electric vehicle and service costs are lower, as they have fewer moving parts and no engine oils. The brake pads in an electric car also last much longer because of the use of regenerative breaking to slow the vehicle.

Fueling an electric car costs up to 70% less than fueling a petrol or diesel car. Any increase to the electricity bill will be offset by a large reduction or complete elimination of diesel / petrol costs. Overnight charging will save even more money with night rate electricity.

If you’re considering making the change to fully electric, we have some fantastic options here at Doran Motors. Contact us today to find out more and to test drive one of our electric cars.