Only in the last 10 years have electric cars broken through the difficulties surrounding their engineering and made to work in an every day environment.
Electric Vehicles now are affordable, come with decent range, similar to that of larger engined petrol cars and with all of the benefits supplied by the govnerment to owing them they are becoming moreof a prospect and a potential purchase on Irish roads.
Presently less than 1% of the cars on Irish roads are EV’s, however the myths are starting to be dispelled about running costs, reliability and charging which is enticing more people to see their benefits. Not many years ago the range on EV’s was only 120 miles or so. Now they can do up to 350 miles on a single charge and hybrids even more than that.
Think about the average usage of an electric car for commuting to work etc. Lets be generous and say somebodys commute is 50 miles. For 5 days a week that’s 250 miles, leaving range left for the weekend and then the car can be charged up over the weekend ready for the next week. No fuel bills to worry about.
There were 3,800 EV’s on Irish roads by the end of 2017 and that number has incresed by 40% over the first quarter of 2018.
The future is green for EV’s in Ireland!
Written by Daniel Sullivan