Everything you need to know about electric cars

In the last number of years, the motoring industry has been experiencing a lot of changes. Electric cars have helped to incentivise these changes. Unless you’ve been living under a rock then you’ll know that electric cars have seen a huge growth in popularity. If you’re considering buying one to do your part for the environment but you’re not sure on all the facts, then worry not. Here’s insuremycars.ie’s guide to everything electric.

So how do they work?

Unlike petrol or diesel cars which run off internal combustion or an engine, electric cars are powered by a charged battery pack. This electricity works to power the motor and turn the wheels. Instead of being traditionally reliant on fuel these vehicles depend on electricity to move.

Electric vehicle owners can supply power to their car via a wall socket like those used for other electrical appliances or from a dedicated charging unit in your community.

Another variant of an electric car is a hybrid. Hybrid cars use a combination of electricity and fuel. These vehicles basically work in the sense that if your car runs out of electric charge, your fuel engine kicks in.

Conventional hybrid vehicles run electrically, provided the car is travelling at a moderate speed. When a driver accelerates heavily however, the engine runs off a combination of petrol and electricity. While there has been some confusion online about how you charge hybrids, it is very simple.

Plug in hybrids can be connected to an electricity outlet to charge just like a standard electric car but PHEVs can be charged on the move through an external source. These have the same engine as conventional hybrids although they can in fact travel longer distances powered on electricity.

 Why do people choose electric cars?

Cars that are solely electric don’t have tailpipes. Therefore, they produce no tailpipe emissions and are regarded as more environmentally friendly that the traditional car. Electric cars are also noticeably more silent than regular cars. Electric cars tend to only emit sound when they travel at high speeds this is due to wind resistance and tyre noises.

What are the benefits of an electric car?

Aside from the standout benefit that electrics cars are better for the environment, there are many other benefits that have aided the switch to electric.

  1. Grants.

In order to incentivise people to ‘go electric’ the Irish government have offered grants. Buyers of an electric car can avail of up to €5,000 towards the cost an electric vehicle that is priced at €20,000 or more. Smaller grants are available also for electric cars that are priced between €14,000-€20,000. However, if you’re in the market for an electric vehicle it’s important to note that if you’re thinking of buying an electric car for less than €14,000 you will not be eligible for a state funded sum.

  1. Cheaper to run.

Electric cars are cheaper to run overall. For example, if you own an electric car you will avail of the cheapest rate of motor tax at €120 year per annum.

You will also save money on the fluctuating costs of petrol or diesel. It’s noteworthy that you can charge up your car for as little as €2 per night. Insurance costs are also lower for electric cars. At insuremycars.ie we can offer a discount to you. If you reach out to our brokers, they will help to arrange great cover at a great price.

  1. Discounted toll fees.

The Irish government have introduced a perk for Irish e-car owners in the form of toll discounts. Electric car owners can save up to €500 euro per year on the M50 or other major motorways. On the M50 for example, fully electric cars can avail of half price toll fees during peak traffic hours and a 75% discount during off peak hours.

This means that instead of paying a standard €2.10 fee at the tolls, electric car owners will only have to pay €1.05.

While toll fees don’t break the bank, over the course of a year it all adds up. You can get bang for your buck by opting to go electric!

  1. Reduced noise pollution.

We all know that electric cars work wonders for a reduction in fuel pollution however because they’re so silent they also reduce noise pollution. If you live in a built-up area, you’ll know that cars create a constant loud hum. However, if electric cars became standard, we’d all notice a huge difference in noise pollution in our areas.

  1. Electric cars are better for your health.

Finally, there are health benefits to investing in an electric car. Emissions created by traditional cars can contribute to many respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis, pneumonia and emphysema.

Exhaust fumes from both petrol and diesel cars can undoubtedly cause damage to your lungs. Electric cars on the other hand produce no emissions so they are therefore healthier for you and your family.

Things to note about disadvantages:  

The charging aspect of the electric car is the most undisputed disadvantage of an electric car. Instead of being able to jump in your car without a second thought, you will always have to ensure that you have taken the time to charge your car.

Electric cars are also far more expensive to buy. Because electric cars are more expensive to produce, they are also more expensive to purchase. It’s important to do your research if you’re thinking of buying an electric car. You can find more of the cons here.

At insuremycars.ie we can provide you with great cover irrespective of whether your car is fuel based or electric. Reach out to us today!


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