Are you thinking of making the switch to electric in 2024 and curious about what new models will arrive this year… and are they worth waiting for? In this article, I’ll take a look at some of the best new electric cars to go on sale in 2024.

Car manufacturers are already investing billions in developing new electric cars and SUVs to meet growing consumer demand for zero emission vehicles and respond to pressure from governments and regulators around cutting carbon emissions to tackle climate change.

In Ireland, electric car sales are still on the up with the year 2023 seeing over 22,000 new ones added to the Irish fleet.

There’s lot of new models expected in Ireland in 2024 with trends for electric SUVs and crossovers to continue, as well as more budget models that’s good news for consumers seeking more affordable EVs.

New brands are also set to join the market in 2024, so the choice of new models has really never been better.

Best New Electric Cars coming to Ireland in 2024

I’ve chosen some of the best new electric cars and electric SUVs that are going on sale around about now or in the next few months.

Worth waiting for? I think so!

Enjoy this list of some of the best upcoming electric cars for 2024.

1. Peugeot e-3008 

The Peugeot 3008 has been a huge success for Peugeot since it first launched back in 2017. The mid-size family SUV will return in 2024 with an all-new electric e-3008 for the very first time. It comes at a time when Peugeot is rapidly expanding its EV line-up with models like a refreshed e-2008, e-208 and upcoming e-308 and e-408. But judging by the success of the 3008 SUV to date, this one will be extra special. It’s expected in Ireland this summer in time for 242 registrations with pricing to be announced closer to launch. There will be the choice of three all-electric powertrains with range varying from 525 km to an incredible 700 km (WLTP).

The Peugeot e-3008
The Peugeot e-3008

2. Volvo EX30

Arriving in dealers around now, the Volvo EX30 is one of the most anticipated new models to launch in 2024. Slotting into the range just below the popular Volvo XC40 Recharge, the EX30 has an even more attractive entry price that will put it on the radar of many people looking for a more affordable EV with the cool design and comfort of the Volvo brand. There will be three versions including single and dual motor options with a maximum range of up to 476 km (WLTP). Pricing starts from €38,596.

The Volvo EX30
The Volvo EX30

3. BYD Seal

BYD has had an incredibly good start in Ireland with the success of the Atto 3. It’s hard to believe the brand only arrived here in the spring of 2023. The Dolphin hatchback has just gone on sale and is sure to grab attention with its keen pricing. But it’s the lovely BYD Seal that is surely the most eye-catching model yet to arrive from the Chinese car brand. The Tesla Model 3 rivalling saloon will be available as rear wheel drive and all wheel drive variants, with range up to 570 km (WLTP).

The BYD Seal
The BYD Seal

4. Cupra Tavascan

Cupra is one of the most exciting brands to watch in the last few years, with a stream of excellent cars and crossovers entering the Irish market like the Formentor and the Born. But it’s the upcoming electric Tavascan that’s surely to bolster this brand’s meteoric growth in Ireland. The striking SUV-coupé will arrive later in 2024 with a typically sporty Cupra cabin featuring bucket seats and ‘Y-bone’ console. There will be a number of variants available and range between 517-547 km (WLTP).

The Cupra Tavascan
The Cupra Tavascan

5. Renault 5

Renault was one of the early pioneers in electric vehicles with the Zoe city car but the arrival of the new Renault 5 later in 2024 will certainly mark a new exciting era for Renault’s smallest electric car. Following on from the excellent Megane E-Tech, this year will also see the arrival of an all-new electric Scenic. But the 5 will hold a special place in the hearts of many with a design harking back to the original. There will be two battery options available and up to 400 km (WLTP) driving range. The best part? It’s expected to be keenly priced.

The Renault 5
The Renault 5 concept

6. Citroen e-C3

Citroen is among the first of the European car brands to bring a more budget electric car to market. The French car brand has a history in making very affordable small cars like the 2CV, Saxo and C3, and now looks to have cracked the case on how to create an affordable electric small car. Citroen’s new electric e-C3 is expected in Ireland in the autumn and will offer up to 320 km range (WLTP) at an attractive price – though that’s yet to be confirmed. The e-C3 will make an ideal runabout with its dinky dimensions, fun interior and quirky crossover-inspired styling.

The Citroen e-C3
The Citroen e-C3

7. Audi A6 e-tron

The Audi A6 is one of the most sought after luxury saloons on sale and in 2024 it will go fully electric for the very first time in the shape of the Audi A6 e-tron. Joining Audi’s e-tron family of electric vehicles, it will be a prime contender to take on rivals like the Mercedes-Benz EQE and the newly launched BMW i5. With stunning styling and a range said to be in the region of 700 km, it’s going to be highly desirable among premium electric car buyers.

The Audi A6 e-tron concept
The Audi A6 e-tron concept

8. Ford Explorer

Ford has been slow to bring a range of battery electric vehicles to market but the new Ford Explorer could help the brand catch up when it arrives in the summer of 2024. Sporting a more conventional chunky SUV style than the Ford Mustang Mach-E, it’s sure to be a hit with families looking to embrace zero emissions motoring. It shares some technical parts with the Volkswagen ID.4 and that’s already Ireland’s bestselling electric car. It will be available with rear or all wheel drive and battery range could be up to about 500 km. It’s expected to come to Ireland at under €50,000.

The Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer

9. Smart #1 

Smart is famous for the Smart ForTwo, a tiny two-seat city car that became very popular in the congested cities of Europe in the late 1990s. These days the company is operated jointly by Mercedes-Benz and Geely Holdings, the company who owns Volvo, Polestar and many other EV brands. The good news is Smart is making a comeback to Ireland in 2024 with the arrival of the Smart #1 and the #3. The first to arrive will be the #1, an upmarket compact electric SUV with a range up to 440 km (WLTP).

The Smart #1
The Smart #1

10. MG Cyberster

MG was originally a brand famous for building sports cars, but these days it’s more about practical, affordable electric cars like the MG 4 and the MG ZS. That looks all set to change in 2024 with the arrival of the new MG Cyberster, an electric roadster to reconnect the brand with its sporting heritage. It’s stunning to look at with a long bonnet, low nose and lots of sleek surfacing. The rear wheel drive Cyberster will be able to do the 0-100 km/h sprint in 4.6 seconds and still bring drivers up to around 500 kilometres of range on a single battery charge.

The MG Cyberster
The MG Cyberster

Check out this article on the bestselling electric vehicles in Ireland to find out which models are already winning over Irish new car buyers.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year