Sunday 20 August 2017

What's the charge? The facts and figures

Eddie Cunningham stops to charge the Renault Zoe
Eddie Cunningham stops to charge the Renault Zoe

ESB estimate my total trip cost €15.26 in electricity. I reckon diesel would cost €68. Average electric car power costs 1.5c/km (night charge), 3c/km (day). Petrol/diesel average at 8.4c/km to 10.5c/km. No charge at public points until 'sometime next year'.

Renault claim max 210km range. Realistically: 130km/150km in urban/rural mix. Electric motor: 88bhp.

'Range OptimiZEr' mixes regenerative braking, heat pump, Michelin EnergyTM E-V tyres. Charge: 30 minutes to nine hours, depending on outlet. Charges to 80pc capacity in an hour or so. The lower the battery, the quicker it re-charges. You hire the battery (€49/month).

Multimedia system, Renault R-Link, 7in display, steering wheel remote controls, voice recognition. Price: from €17,490 (after VRT rebate, SEAI grant).

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