What is a Hybrid?

Hybrid cars combine a conventional petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor. The electric motor assists the engine so that the car consumes less fuel and emits less emissions. Hybrid cars can save you considerable costs on fuel and even recharge their batteries without being plugged in.

Hybrid vs Electric – What is the difference?

Electric Vehicles are fully powered by an electric motor and rely on a battery which needs to be charged. Hybrid and Plug-in hybrid cars on the other hand contain an electric motor that will power the car but also combine a petrol/diesel engine that can work in tandem with the electric motor.

Are electric cars popular in Ireland?

Almost two thirds of Irish motorists plan to purchase an electric or hybrid car in the near future according to the latest edition of the Carzone Motoring Report. Similarly, searches for hybrid cars have increased significantly since 2020.

Charging times & range for an electric car?

This can vary depending on the model you are looking at . Nissan & Kia are some of the leading EV manufacturers and provide some of the longest range vehicles on the market.

Which one is for you ?

Lifestyle and budget should dictate the type of electric vehicle you buy. Think about what mileage you do, where you do it, as well as budget and running costs before making any decisions.

We’ll try and make things easier for you

Kia EV6

  • Battery pack: 77,4 kWh
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • Range: Up to 528 km
  • Fast charging: 10-80 % in 18 minutes
  • 0-100 km/h: 7.3 seconds
  • Top Speed: 188 km/h

Kia e-Niro

  • Battery pack: 64 kWh
  • Range: Up to 455 km
  • Fast charging: 20-80 % in 42 minutes
  • 0-100 km/h: 7.8 seconds
  • Top Speed: 167 km/h

Kia e-Soul

  • Battery pack: 64 kWh
  • Range: Up to 452 km
  • Fast charging: 20-80 % in 42 minutes
  • 0-100 km/h: 7.6 seconds
  • Top Speed: 156 km/h

NISSAN LEAF

  • Battery Pack : 62kWH
  • Charging: from 20 to 80% in 90 min*
  • Up to 385KM range
  • 0 Emissions

How to charge ?

There are a number of different types of charging options available:

1: Home charging - 6-8 hours
2: Public charging (Standard AC) - 1-9 hours depending on car model and range
3: Fast charging (DC) - 35* minutes to achieve an 80% charge
4: High Power Charging - 100km range in as little as 6 minutes

​* these times may vary due to the different types and battery sizes of EVs,.

Where to charge ?

There is now +1,100 public charging points in Ireland that are operated by the ESB. This number is continuing to grow every month , as the Irish Goverment begins to increase the speed at which petrol & diesel cars are phased out.

You can also download the ecar connect app from the Apple store & Google Play Store. This will help you to locate your nearest charger.

View the Map of Chargers in Ireland

EV Solutions for businesses ?

Electric isn’t just the future, it’s right now We have already helped over 50 businesses reduce their carbon footprint by replacing some of their existing fleet with an electric

Wexford Car Centre provides viable EV solutions available and can help your business.

Please feel free to contact us for a FREE & no obligation EV consultation.

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