As of March 1st 2019, Electric Vehicle sales in Ireland are up 540% on the same time in 2018 (January & February). This trend looks set to continue throughout 2019, as more and more people switch on to Electric Vehicles, their benefits, and their cost savings.
However, understandably many people are still yet to make the jump to electricity. If you are one of these “EV Skeptics”, allow us to answer the 5 most common questions/worries of others like you when it comes to going electric.
We caught up with our EV specialist and Dealership Manager in our Windsor Galway Renault & Dacia dealership, Enda Cantrell, to discuss some of the most common questions he gets asked about the all-electric Renault Zoe.
The Renault Zoe has the highest average range of any mainstream electric vehicle. Approximate range for summer time driving is 300km; while winter-time driving is 220-240km. Much like “regular” cars, range in the Zoe can be affected by your driving style, speed, and other factors; but even those with “lead feet” should still see figures near to or even above these levels.
The length of time to charge the Renault Zoe from empty to 100% depends on the type of charging point you are using. If you use your home-installed charging point, approximate times to full are 7-8 hours. This may be longer if you charge from your home’s mains output through the standard 3-prong plug.
Public charging points, however, are designed for rapid recharging and can typically give you up to 80% of full power in just 60 minutes; with faster, more powerful charging points set to be installed nationwide in the coming months also.
Charging up from your home-charger will cost approximately €2 - €3 (depending on your home electricity rates) to charge from empty to 100%. Whereas, currently, public charging points are completely free to use; so, if you use only public charging points, your recharging won’t cost you a cent.
To put that in context: at current fuel prices it may cost €60 - €70 to fill a similarly-sized petrol-powered hatchback car with a 50-litre fuel tank and get 600-700km of range.
As mentioned, the biggest benefit is the fuel savings. It can cost on average a few euro per week to charge up your Zoe; whereas a standard car may cost several hundreds of euro per month to refuel.
Other benefits include free tolls nationwide, free parking and public charging, 0% BIK for business-users, the lowest road-tax rate of any car, and much lower annual servicing charges.
On average the running costs of the Renault Zoe are as low as 1.5c per kilometre.