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Tips for Buying an Electric Car in Ireland

Posted on July 13, 2022

Buying an electric car in Ireland is becoming more and more popular as people are actively trying to reduce their carbon footprint. In 2021 the sales of electric vehicles doubled on the previous year, according to new data from the Society of Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). The rise in sales is a positive for car manufacturers looking to switch to electric vehicles in the coming years.

Buying an electric car may be new for drivers, and they may be unsure of what to look for and what to not look for in an electric car. So, if you’re looking to make the switch today, you should be fully informed before making any purchase. That’s why we have answered some popular questions we often get on electric cars.

Should I Buy a New or Second-Hand Electric Car?

 

Nowadays, there are numerous choices for buying an electric car, from the Audi e-Tron to a Tesla Model 3. There are brilliant options out there for every driver.

New Electric Car

Electric cars have now been around for a while, and there are good choices for buyers looking to get a second-hand electric car. As with buying any second-hand car, you have to be aware of the car’s history. You should carefully check the car’s battery and warranty before making any purchase. If there are any issues with the car battery, it could be a problem for you, and a new battery could be expensive, especially if you’re out of warranty. You should have a mechanic look over the car to see that everything is in working order.

 

Will I Save Money Switching to an Electric Car?

Although electric cars tend to be more expensive to buy, they are much cheaper to run than petrol or diesel cars. There is less wear and tear on electric cars as there are fewer moving parts in the vehicle. While you are saving money on fuel costs, you will see an increase in your electricity bill but still costing a lot less than paying for fuel.

The government scheme provides a grant up of to €600 towards purchasing and installing a home charger unit. There are also grants available for installing a home charger unit for Irish electric vehicle owners. You can find more details on the SEAI website.

Your motor tax bill will also be significantly reduced, as, in Ireland, the road tax is calculated by the emissions level of your vehicle. An electric vehicle falls into the lowest motor tax bracket, just €120 a year.

Are There Grants Available For Electric Cars?

Ireland has incentivised drivers to shift towards electric vehicles by offering grants and toll incentives. When purchased privately, a maximum grant of €5,000 is available for new electric vehicles. The vehicles must cost over €14,000 to receive the grant, and the EV must be on their approved list. For more details on the grant, read more.

Should I Buy an Electric Car or Hybrid?

Many people may find the step from a petrol or diesel car to an electric car a big move. Many drivers purchase a hybrid model as a stepping stone to buying an electric car. This can make the transition a little easier.

If you go for a hybrid model, you will still need a home charger, so you should find a suitable area to install one. Hybrid models will not require as much power, but they will still need to take some fuel.

What Electric Car Should I Buy?

There are lots of factors you should consider for choosing the right electric car for you. You should think about what features you need to have in the car. Do you want an electric car with lots of new technology or do you not mind? It will cost more for extra features, but it’s up to your preference.

What are you using your car for? Will it be for short commutes or long commutes? If you’re not doing much travelling, you could look at purchasing the Nissan Leaf, which has a range of 149 miles, whereas the Tesla Model S Plaid edition can go a whopping 400 miles.

Have a Recharge Plan

Car Charging PlanYou should know how you’re going to charge your electric vehicle before purchasing one. Are you installing a home charger or not? We recommend installing a home charger as it makes the process much easier for you and your commutes. If you don’t plan on installing a home charger, are there public charging stations nearby? You will need to know where it is and where there are charging stations near your work, for example. If they’re busy, you will need to think of backup stations. This is why we recommend installing a home charger, so you’re fully charged before every commute.

Bottom Line

Swapping a petrol or diesel car to an electric car can be daunting for first time buyers with all the factors you need to consider. You should not be intimidated by the switch but be excited.

Of course, not everyone will want to buy an electric car, but there are lots of great benefits that come with owning an electric car. The industry has come a long way, and more and more electric models are becoming available.

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