The new Porsche Taycan - yes you would!
The new Porsche Taycan – yes you would!

In this guide we are going to take a closer look at every electric car on sale in Ireland in 2020! Manufacturers are bringing more and more new electric vehicles (EVs)  to market every year, which is good news for buyers ready to go electric. You can now choose from small compact electric city cars, trendy electric SUVs and crossovers, and large luxury EVs.

Sales of electric are growing from a small base in Ireland, but 2019 was the best year yet for EVs. In the last two years, advances in battery technology have brought more long range EVs to market at more affordable pricing. There are also numerous Government incentives to switch to electric including electric vehicle grants, VRT relief, reduced tolls, taxes and parking fees.

EVs are still expensive when compared to traditional SUVs, hatchbacks and saloons with combustion engines. This is an obstacle to reaching Government targets of 1 million EVs on Irish roads by 2030. But with no tailpipe emissions, electric cars contribute to cleaner air in cities.

While most owners will charge their car at home, the public infrastructure offers charging in towns and at major motorway service stations around Ireland. There are over 1,100 charging points in Ireland, however more investment is promised with the roll out of more rapid charging stations on motorway routes. IONITY rapid chargers have also started to appear in Ireland. While longer range EVs make range anxiety less of an issue, charging on the go can still be unpredictable. Clearly as Irish EV ownership increases and there are more electric cars on the road, we need to see a cultural shift around us to electric mobility and how the needs of these owners are catered for.

We have to be sensible but also enthusiastic about what is available and what’s to come later in 2020 and into 2021. There are still plenty of reasons to go electric and our list below contains many exciting new models to suit different budgets. We’ve quoted prices after grants and VRT relief totalling €10,000 and are correct at time of publishing. The range quoted is measured to WLTP industry standards. In real life driving, factors such as temperature and driving style will affect the range you can get from your EV, so bear this in mind as guidance.

There are over 1,100 charge points in Ireland with more rapid charging hubs planned
There are over 1,100 charge points in Ireland with more rapid charging hubs planned

Renault ZOE

Available from €26,990

Range up to 395 km (WLTP)

Renault first launched the ZOE back in 2012 as the brand’s first compact electric vehicle. A new model for 2020 has just arrived in dealerships in Ireland. Range has been improved once again with a new 52 kWh battery standard across the range. The innovative Chameleon 22 kW charger remains, with the option of a rapid 50 kW CCS charger for the first time for ZOE. Elsewhere, quality and digital technology has been improved to keep this a compelling choice in the growing compact EV segment.

Opel Corsa-e

Available from €27,338

Range up to 337 km (WLTP)

Opel joins the fray with the first ever electric Corsa! The new Corsa-e has a clever design that means that no space inside the vehicle or the boot has been compromised by the electric powertrain. Powered by a 50 kWh battery, the new Corsa-e can be charged at home or using the public charging network. Rapid 100 kW charging is available using the standard CCS adaptor.

Peugeot e-208

Available from €27,334

Range up to 340 km (WLTP)

The new Peugeot e-208 supermini is the brand’s first electric vehicle to market in Ireland. 2020 saw a new generation of the 208 reach Ireland, with the all electric version offering buyers now even more choice. The 208 has long been a trendsetter in the compact segment and the e-208 retains all the Gallic charm with an attention grabbing interior and exterior design. Like the Opel, 100 kW rapid charging is also available using the standard CCS adaptor.

MINI Electric

Available from €27,764

Range up to 232 km (WLTP)

The new MINI Electric is a new chapter for the iconic 3-door hatchback. There’s a 32.6 kWh battery giving a range of 233 km, while 50 kW fast charging gives MINI Electric 80% charge in 36 minutes. New suspension technology designed for this model helps retain and enhance the MINI’s famed go-kart driving dynamics.

The new Peugeot e-208!
The new Peugeot e-208, one of the electric compact cars on sale now in Ireland

Volkswagen e-Golf

Available from €27,895

Range up to 231 km (WLTP)

In 2020, Volkswagen Ireland greatly reduced the purchase price of the e-Golf as the car reaches the end of its tenure here. The e-Golf brings all the familiar Golf qualities but with an all-electric powertrain. The Volkswagen I.D.3 will continue the brand’s electric journey when it arrives this summer.

Nissan LEAF 

Available from €29,890 (40kWh)/ from €37,840 (62 kWh)

Range up to 270 km (40kWh)/ up to 385 km (62 kWh)

The LEAF is arguably the world’s most recognised electric car. It used to have a nice monopoly as a mid-size electric hatchback but now faces competition from a raft of new electric crossovers. Nissan has responded with an exciting new generation of the car arriving in Ireland back in 2018. As well as sporting a more modern design, the new LEAF is available with 40 kWh and 62 kWh batteries to keep it competitive.

Hyundai IONIQ

Available from €35,470

Range up to 312 km (WLTP)

The IONIQ debuted in Ireland back in 2016 but has been revamped for 2020. The hatchback style EV has a new 38.3 kWh battery that has extended the range over 300 km. There’s also a more powerful motor. Inside the interior has been revamped with the latest Hyundai infotainment system.

BMW i3

Available from €37,155

Range up to 260 km (WLTP)

BMW was one of the first of the premium brands to delve into EV technology. The result was the quirky little BMW i3 in 2013. Since then it hasn’t changed much looks wise but battery power has been improved. Small, expensive but high quality and beautifully designed interior.

The new Kia e-Soul
The new Kia e-Soul whizzed home as Irish Car of the Year 2020!

Kia e-Soul

Available from €37,495

Range up to 452 km (WLTP)

The e-Soul blasted onto the EV scene in 2019 and quickly established itself as one of the best new electric vehicles on sale right now. Funky, colourful looks and a fantastic digital cabin helped it to whizz home as the Continental Tyres Irish Car of the Year 2020!

Hyundai Kona Electric

Available from €38,630

Range up to 449 km (WLTP)

When the Hyundai Kona Electric first arrived on the market at the end of 2018, it was one of the first of the new long range EVs from mainstream manufacturers. It impressed us for its long range 64 kWh battery that sees over 400 km on electric power alone. With trendy crossover looks, the Kona Electric quickly established itself on the Irish market to become one of the most visible EVs on Irish roads today.

Kia e-Niro

Available from €39,495

Range up to 455 km (WLTP)

The Kia Niro family was joined by the all electric e-Niro in 2019. Crossover styling and a long range 64 kWh battery make this one of the game changers on the EV scene in Ireland today.

Tesla Model 3

Available from €48,690

Range up to 415 – 560 km (WLTP) depending on model

The much anticipated Model 3 finally arrived in Ireland in 2019 and is the smallest and most affordable model in the Tesla range. Three models are available. The Standard Range Plus model has an estimated range of 415 km range, while the range for the Model 3 Performance is rated at 530 km and 560 km for the Long Range AWD. Inside there is a minimalist cabin with nearly all the car’s functions controlled by the large tablet style touchscreen in the centre of the dash.

The new Tesla Model 3 is available to order now!
The Model 3 is a more affordable entry into the Tesla range

Audi e-tron

Available from €64,990/€89,810

Range up to 336 km e-tron 50/ 436 km e-tron 55 (WLTP)

Audi’s all-electric, four wheel drive SUV arrived in Ireland in 2019 as the flagship e-tron 55 with a headline grabbing range up to 436 km. The e-tron has an exquisite cabin with lots of digital technology at your fingertips. A more affordable e-tron 50 has joined the range with a smaller capacity battery and WLTP range of 336 km.

Mercedes-Benz EQC

Available from €79,450

Range up to 417 km (WLTP)

The EQC is Mercedes-Benz first all-electric model and arrived in Ireland in 2019. Based on the GLC mid-size SUV platform, the EQC has an 80 kWh battery with two electric motors mounted at each axle, front and rear. Together they generate 408 hp and 765 Nm of torque! The EQC is luxurious inside with futuristic styling on the outside. Expect more EQ models to follow in the Mercedes range.

Tesla Model S

Available from €89,800

Range up to 593 – 610 km (WLTP) depending on model

The car that put Tesla on the map. The Model S was the original all-electric saloon. It was the first long range EV, albeit at an exclusive price. Two models are available in Ireland – the Long Range and Performance. All cars have all wheel drive and adaptive air suspension. The Performance model can hit 100km/h in just 2.5 seconds.

Jaguar i-PACE

Available from €92,895

Range up to 470 km (WLTP)

Another first, this time for Jaguar. The i-PACE is the brand’s first electric car and crossover. It’s powered by a 90 kWh battery and admired for its engaging drive and performance. It was chosen as the World Car of the Year by a jury of motoring journalists in 2019. Top cat.

A fast charge can increase battery power in the new EQC from 10 to 80 percent in just 40 minutes.
The Mercedes-Benz EQC can avail of IONITY rapid charging

Tesla Model X

Available from €95,500

Range up to 487 – 507 km (WLTP) depending on model

One of the few electric 7 seater SUVs on the market, the Tesla Model X stole the show with its falcon-wing doors. Available as Long Range or Performance, with the latter reaching 100km/h in just 2.8 seconds.

Porsche Taycan 4S

Available from €115,375

Range up to 407 km (79 kWh)/ up to 463 km (93 kWh)

Clearly when Porsche start making EVs, they are going to be some of the most desirable models on the market. The Taycan is the brand’s first electric car and comes in 3 flavours – 4S, Turbo and Turbo S. The Taycan is available with a 79 or 93 kWh battery and can avail of up to 270 kW rapid charging! In both variants, the Taycan 4S accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in just 4.0 seconds.

Electric cars coming to Ireland 2020/2021

Volkswagen ID.3

Honda e

Audi e-tron Sportback

DS3 Crossback E-Tense

BMW iX3

SEAT El-Born

Skoda Enyaq

Peugeot e-2008

Polestar 2

Ford Mustang Mach-e

Tesla Model Y

Opel Mokka-e

Volvo XC40 Recharge

Audi Q4 e-tron

Fiat 500 electric

The new Volkswagen ID.3 will arrive in Ireland this summer
The new Volkswagen ID.3 will arrive in Ireland this summer

By Caroline Kidd