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Monday 22 September 2014

What's the charge? The facts and figures

Published 17/08/2014 | 02:30

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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'.

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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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