The Best Electric Cars 2022
06 Jan 2022
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Electric cars sales in Ireland are still on the up. They now respresent over 8% of the overall market, with 8,399 electric cars registered in the first nine months of last year and 53% of motorists saying they'd like to purchase an EV by 2030 - according to the Society of the Irish Motor Industry. Hybrid sales are clocking up too, now 25% of the car market. Hybrid growth could also be due to Toyota’s decision to only offer hybrid versions in most of its most popular models.
Ireland’s EV charging points have been increased in recent years too, and if you do less than 300 km or so a week, you could get away without having a home or work charger at all, just visit a public one every few days to top up. Irish EV owners website have an extensive list of most public charging points around the country.
If you've found the electric car of your dreams and need a little help with the finance, read our blog about electric car grants. Or, you can ask local credit union for a car loan - read about how credit union car loans are much better than PCP and see some of the best credit union car loan rates in Ireland.
*All prices and ranges are quoted from car websites but are subject to change depending on age, time, range, currency etc.
1. Nissan Leaf
This is the original and still reigns most popular of Electric Cars models – with sales far surpassing all other EV’s. This second version of the original has improvements to range, design and speed, as well as price.
2. Tesla Model 3
You may have seen many more Tesla’s gracing our streets in recent times, and the model 3, with a range of 482km, competes at the top of the category.
3. The Hyundai ICONIQ 5
The Hyundai ICONIQ competes with the quality of the Audi Q4 e-tron and Volkswagon ID.4. It is also said to be one of the nicest looking electric cars out there.
3. Skoda Enyaq
One of the most popular electric family cars on the market, the Skoda Enyaq has been said to be well-priced, comfortable, nice to drive and well equipped.
4. Volkswagen ID3
Another all-electric family hatchback, the Volkwagen ID3 is reasonably priced with technology said to be ahead of the Nissan Leaf.
5. Renault Zoe
This compact car has been upgraded from its predessor to include a better battery and interior. Price-wise, it’s attractive, and it’s range is higher than other market leaders.
6. Kia Soul EV6
The new Kia is sleeker looking, and is the sister model to the Hyundai Ioniq. The entry level version still goes a long distance, for a cheaper price.
7. Audi eTron
A beautiful, silent, lightweight family car with finished interior, the eTron is gunning for a spot beside the Tesla. With the new base price of the base edition model dropping to €9,000, it could be a good option for a beautiful family car.
8. The Hyundai Kona Electric
With a fast charger, they say this model can be topped up to 80% within an hour, and about 9 hours on a standard. This latest model from Hyundai is said to be one of the best electric cars out there; with five doors and lots of added kit - for an attractive price.
Range: 482 km
9. Jaguar iPace
This car is almost up there with the Telsa for looks and tipping at the premium end of the scale, is doing a pretty good job as an SUV, with 20 inch wheels. It will set you back quite a bit though, if you’re prepare to buy at the higher end.
10. Kia eNiro
Like other models, the Kia eNiro comes with two battery options which can be handy for those not going long distances.
Range: 289 km
The content of this blog is aimed to provide general advice and information to the public only. All prices and details are as accurate as possible at the time the blog was written. Readers should always seek professional advice when purchasing a car suitable for them.
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