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Seven Reasons to go Electric

If you’re in the market for a car, there has never been a better time to go electric writes Geraldine Herbert

1) Reduced Tolls – From Sunday 1st July 2018,  electric car owners can avail of 50% off tolls nationwide.
2) Cheaper to Run – According to the CSO the average driver does 318 kms per week. Driving that distance a week in an electric car (eg. Nissan Leaf) will cost you just €4.04 a week to charge as opposed to €34.34 for an equivalent petrol and €25.03 for a diesel
3) Less Road Tax – Electric cars benefit from the lowest road tax.
4) Makes Business Sense – Companies can avail of a 100% year one tax write down, under the Accelerated Capital Allowance Scheme.
5) Home Charging for new and old – Home Charge point installations are currently free, but only for new electric vehicle purchases but now buyers of secondhand electric cars can avail of a €600 government grant to install a charger in their home.
6) Easy and cheap to maintain – An electric car motor has significantly fewer engine parts so there is a much smaller chance of a part breaking and requiring replacement.
7) Go further than you think – Range is getting better with every new EV and even the older models will take you 150 kms on a single charge.

 

Geraldine Herbert 

28th June, 2018

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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  1. Thanks for the article Seven Reasons to Go Electric. I agree its a good time to buy an electric vehicle. Here in the “Colonies” its about 12 cents per Kwt, about 39-72 cents at a commercial station. Additionally, the Tesla Model 3 is getting between 250-310 miles per charge -definitely worthwhile- and battery life is getting to the point where 80 of full charge will still be available at 500,000 miles. Thanks again!

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