Monday 26 September 2016

10 reasons to go electric right now

Published 25/06/2015 | 14:44

With some very attractive incentives as well as a refinement in Electric Vehicle technology, now is the perfect time to get on board the EV revolution. Here are 10 reasons to go electric right now.

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1 - Save on your fuel costs

An EV (Electric Vehicle) today can charge fully, on night saver rates, for about €1.90. That’s enough to travel 140 to 150 km. The equivalent for a petrol or diesel car would cost of about €10. That’s a saving of over 80% as a broad estimate of fuel saving across all types of cars and engines. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by the relatively low fuel prices at your local filling station, if we’ve learned anything over the years, we know those prices will rise and rise sharply.

2 - Free registration

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland is offering grants of up to €5,000 for a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) or a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) purchased & registered before end of 2015. In addition, these vehicles also qualify for VRT relief of up to €5,000 for a BEV & €2,500 for a PHEV, providing a maximum combined subsidy (grant + VRT relief) of €10,000 for BEVs & €7,500 for PHEVs

3 - Far more charging points to get you further

Back in 2010 the ESB began rolling out of the first public electric car charger points in Ireland. Five years later and ESB ecars has installed 1,200 across the island of Ireland including fast charge points along the main interurban routes.

4 - Free home charger thanks to the ESB

ESB ecars is installing free home charge points to the first 2000 new electric car buyers EVs or hybrids. It’s to encourage early adopters in the hope that they would in turn inspire their friends, family and neighbours to follow in the electric footsteps.

5 - Better batteries

Conveniently for the petrol industry Tesla’s and others’ teething problems with the batteries in their electric cars received an inordinate amount of press attention. Those problems have long been ironed out with the BMW currently guaranteeing the battery for the BMWi3 for 8 years or 160,000 km. Should there arise any problems with the battery, they have been designed and built in a modular way allowing replacement of individual components as opposed to the whole battery.

6 - Born to be electric

In the beginning EVs were often just regular cars with the engine ripped out and replaced with an electric motor. The trouble was though, the weight of the body and battery added up to a clunky vehicle with little weight efficiency. Nowadays though, EVs are designed and built from the ground up as electric vehicles. The BMW i3 has lightweight carbon for the passenger cell which compensates for the battery weight. The interior is also an electric designed concept with a different and optimised driver user experience at its very core. Maintenance costs on an EV are lower than those of an internal combustion engine.

7 - Perfectly suitable for Ireland

The average commute in Ireland is no more than 30 km which makes the EV a perfect fit. Moreover, the EV is designed to perform in urban areas and therefore is a much better car for stop-start driving, meaning less stress on the motor in the long term.

8 - Emissions

EVs are zero tailpipe emission cars, but the energy has to come from somewhere right? Overall fuel emission reductions are 30% compared to diesel when electricity generation is accounted for. That is set to improve however, currently 14% of Ireland’s energy is generated from renewables with a target of 40% by 2020.

9 - Smarter cars

The BMW i Remote App from ConnectedDrive allows you to check your battery’s status in real time, letting you know how much is in the tank and how long to fully charge. It allows you to lock and unlock your car from your phone and will give you the driving range of your car. It will also detect the nearest charging points and map a route for you along charging points should you need them. It’s a fully up-to-date connected driving experience. It makes the BMW i3 very attractive to tech heads and early adopters. There’s a lot more to it that driving.

10 - Reduce, reuse and recycle

Unlike petrol and diesel bangers that end up crushed into cubes and shipped off to die in vast graveyards, the BMW i3 is 95% recyclable. Conor Prendegast of Joe Duffy Motors says,” It attracts a broad spectrum of customers, from those  who love technology & performance, to those conscious about their carbon footprint, the sustainability of the i3 was a huge focus for BMW, the i3 is over 95% recyclable. In terms of sales it’s been a snowball effect, the more who get out on the road, the more inquiries that come in, it’s when people see an electric car working for someone else, they then ask themselves the question; ‘could this fit into my lifestyle?’. When you examine all the benefits of an electric vehicle it’s generally a great option for any household”.

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