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Driving an electric car can save up to €2,300 a year

The Trumpchi E-jet, a sleek, plug-in electric hybrid
The Trumpchi E-jet, a sleek, plug-in electric hybrid
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

DRIVING an electric car can save you €2,300 a year in fuel and running costs, an Irish study claims.

The ESB’s ‘Great Electric Drive’ trial tracked the mileage and savings of 21 people who were given electric cars for periods of up to a year.

These ‘ambassadors’  for the first nationwide electric vehicle trial drove an average of 300kms a week each and covered 105,000km overall.

The report says they saved €13,500 in total on fuel.

It claims that electric cars cost less than two cent a kilometre to fuel. That compares with previously published costs of around 8c per km for a 1.5–litre diesel, for example, and 10c per km for a 1.6-litre petrol car.

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