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Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland

Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland Five of the best electric automobiles in Ireland
 
Published on: April 9, 2017
Published on: April 9, 2017

We choose the five best electric automobiles on sale in Ireland.

While the government's and the ESB's predictions for the number of electric automobiles on Irish roads seem wildly wide of the mark right now, there's undoubtedly more momentum in the sector of late and plenty of new electric models coming on stream. We're also seeing useful gains in range, which is still seen by the buying public as a major hurdle. An electric automobile would suit far more motorists than they realise.

1 - Nissan Leaf

You have to admire Nissan for taking the electric automobile plunge with its Leaf hatchback years before most rivals even considered it. Unsurprisingly, it's the best-selling electric automobile there is. The second-generation automobile is better looking and has a longer range.

Read the Nissan Leaf reviews here

2 - Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai has seriously hit the ground running with its first electric automobile, the unusual looking Ioniq. You can get hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of this automobile, too, but the pure electric one is the star of the range. The high-quality cabin has plenty of space and ultra-modern switchgear so it'll definitely appeal to 'early adopters'.

Read the Hyundai Ioniq reviews here

3 - Volkswagen e-Golf

The e-Golf is a lesson from Volkswagen in how to make an electric automobile not feel like an electric automobile. Honestly, you'll be hard pushed to notice what's different inside or out, and it's very civilised on the move too. Improved considerably in 2017 by a minor facelift that includes a battery with a longer range between charges.

Read the full Volkswagen e-Golf review here

4 - Renault Zoe

We've always liked the looks of the Renault Zoe and its compact shape is arguably better suited to electric propulsion than most, as it's designed for a life in town. Now, it's more attractive thanks to the introduction of a new battery pack in 2017 that enables much longer distance between charges.

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5 - BMW i3

The BMW i3 was launched in 2013 yet it still looks futuristic and while it may be flawed in terms of ride quality (and it's expensive to buy), we can't help but love it. The 170hp electric motor gives the rear wheels plenty to think about as it sprints away from a standstill, leaving many bystanders gawping. Beyond such juvenile fun (ahem), the interior of the i3 is spacious and airy and highly original too. A longer range battery launched in 2016 makes it more appealing than ever, as does the 2018 update that includes the option of a sporty new i3s model.

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Worth a mention - Tesla Model S

Now that Tesla has a sales outlet in Ireland, its range of exceptional electric automobiles can be considered for this list. The Model X SUV with its fancy doors is cool and the forthcoming Model 3 has real potential, but the Model S stands out as the best all-rounder so far thanks to its combination of sports automobile performance, massive interior space and very long range between charges. Not cheap, but you certainly get a lot for your money.

Read the Tesla Model S reviews here