Over the past few years, electric vehicles have become much more popular in Ireland and their rise is expected to continue over the next decade.

But despite the growing popularity of EVs in Ireland, people thinking about making the switch to an electric car might feel like it is a whole new world. Here, we’ll compare some of the best EV models on the Irish market, look at how much they will cost, and what you can expect from them including their range. 

Electric Vehicles in Ireland

Electric Vehicles, Hybrids and Plug-in Hybrids

We will compare a number of fully battery powered electric vehicles below, but before choosing the best option, you should first know the difference between electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles (self-charging), and plug-in hybrids.

Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Electric vehicles are battery powered vehicles that are charged by electricity rather than running on an internal combustion engine. The batteries can be charged at home or at one of hundreds of public charge points across the country.


A self-charging hybrid vehicle has a small battery as well as an electric motor. While it has a battery, its petrol or diesel engine still takes priority. A kilometre or two of electric range could be possible in the city.

Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)

A plug-in hybrid goes a step further, keeping a petrol or diesel engine, but with a larger battery. Plug-in hybrids could be considered a half-way point towards a fully electric vehicle, because their batteries offer a larger electric range, with the added back-up of a combustion engine.

Is it worth buying an electric car in Ireland?

2024 is perhaps the perfect time to buy an electric car in Ireland for a number of reasons.

  • Electric vehicles are cheaper to run compared to petrol or diesel powered cars as they can be charged at home using off-peak electricity rates, meaning no worries about fluctuating fuel prices in these uncertain times.
  • The annual motor tax rate for an EV in Ireland is €120 per year, the lowest tax band for motor tax, meaning more money remains in your pocket.
  • EV owners have less to worry about in terms of car maintenance, as less can go wrong. With fewer moving parts than their petrol or diesel powered cousins, you won’t have to worry about an exhaust system or oil changes.
  • Electric cars are ahead of the curve in terms of functionality, design and innovation, with new models being added to the market at competitive prices.
  • Grants of up to €3,500 are offered to those purchasing an electric vehicle to incentivise motorists to move away from fuel-powered cars.

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Grants for Electric Cars in Ireland

A grant of up to €3,500 is available for those wishing to buy a battery-powered electric vehicle in Ireland. This grant is available to those purchasing a new car, with a full price of between €14,000 and €60,000.

A grant of €2,500 was previously offered for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, but this has since been removed.

Car dealerships will apply for the grant for their customer, deducting the sum of the grant from the total price of the EV.

Compare Electric Cars Ireland

The number of electric cars on Irish roads has skyrocketed over the past few years, with over 30 car manufacturers offering motorists a range of models, and a number of new models are coming to dealerships this year. Let’s have a look at some of the most popular EVs on the market in Ireland, comparing their prices and maximum ranges.

audi Electric Cars


Classy and ever stylish with electrical output of up to 220 kW and a range of up to 528 km, a Audi Q4 e-tron costs €59,500. Meanwhile, the pioneering Audi Q8 e-tron, with a larger battery and longer range, starts at €87,800.

Audi Electric Cars

  • Audi e-tron GT — Range: up to 488 km
  • Audi Q4 e-tron — Range: up to 529 km
  • Audi Q6 e-tron — Range: >600 km
  • Audi Q8 e-tron — Range: up to 582 km
BMW Electric Cars


BMW i has an exciting, sustainably designed all-electric line-up – with SUVs, stylish Gran Coupes, and an ultra-luxurious Sedan. A BMW i4 could set you back €55,000, whereas a new BMW i7 is over €100,000.

BMW Electric Cars

  • BMW i4 — Range: up to 589 km
  • BMW i5 — Range: up to 575 km
  • BMW i7 — Range: up to 623 km
  • BMW iX — Range: up to 633 km
  • BMW iX1 — Range: up to 239 km
  • BMW iX2 — Range: up to 449 km
  • BMW iX3 — Range: up to 470 km
byd Electric Cars


The Chinese manufacturers are considered to have good build quality and competitive prices, with a BYD Dolphin going for around €32,000.

BYD Electric Cars

  • BYD Atto 3 — Range: 420 km
  • BYD Dolphin — Range: 427 km
  • BYD Seal — Range: up to 570 km
Citroen Electric Cars


Citroen’s stylish electric vehicle range benefits from all the comfort of silent and easy driving, without CO2 emissions. It will cost up to €55,000 for a new C5X, while the e-Berlingo costs around €38,000.

Citroen Electric Cars

  • Citroën e-Berlingo — Range: 284 km
  • Citroën e-C3 (Coming in 2024) — Range: 320 km
  • Citroën e-C4 — Range: up to 421 km
  • Citroën e-C4 X —Range: 415-421 km
  • Citroën e-SpaceTourer — Range: 230 km
Fiat Electric Cars


The New Fiat 500 is the electric city car, with electric motorists able to choose from hatchback or convertible versions. The Fiat 500e costs between €27,400 and €32,000.

Fiat Electric Cars

  • Fiat 500e — Range: up to 320 km
  • Fiat 600e — Range: 406 km
ford Electric Cars


Ford decided to name its electric SUV range Mustang, one of the most well-known names in car history. It will set you back between €58,000 and €81,500.

Ford Electric Cars

  • Ford Mustang Mach-E — Range: 440-610 km
Hyundai Electric Cars


Hyundai Ioniq 5s range from €44,000 to €55,000 while you can get your hands on the cheaper Kona for under €40,000.

Hyundai Electric Cars

  • Hyundai Ioniq 5 — Range: up to 481 km
  • Hyundai Ioniq 6 — Range: up to 614 km
  • Hyundai Kona Electric — Range: up to 514 km
jaguar Electric Cars


The stylish Jaguar I-Pace would cost you around €92,000 this year for a 241.

Jaguar Electric Cars

  • Jaguar I-Pace — Range: 408-470 km
jeep Electric Cars


Jeep’s Avenger is dinky while providing plentiful space at the same time. It is going for an RRP of €35,000.

Jeep Electric Cars

  • Jeep Avenger — Range: 400 km
kia Electric Cars


The 2024 Kia Niro EV is a tidy family car, perfect for urban errands and highway cruising for €43,000.

Kia Electric Cars

  • Kia EV6 — Range: up to 528 km
  • Kia EV9 (Coming in 2024) — Range: 562 km
  • Kia Niro EV —Range: 460 km
lexus Electric Cars


Lexus’ first battery powered electric car is arriving this year, with a range of 395 km.

Lexus Electric Cars Ireland

  • Lexus RZ 450e (Coming in 2024) — Range: 395 km
mazda Electric Cars


Mazda Electric Cars

  • Mazda MX-30 — Range: 200 km
Mercedes-Benz Electric Cars


By the end of this decade, Mercedes-Benz aims to be fully electric wherever market conditions permit, with the German car giants already manufacturing a range of electric vehicles, including the EQA which boasts fantastic infotainment and plenty of room at €58,000. 

Mercedes-Benz Electric Cars

  • Mercedes-Benz EQA — Range: up to 558 km
  • Mercedes-Benz EQB — Range: up to 517 km
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE — Range: up to 674 km
  • Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV — Range: up to 614 km
  • Mercedes-Benz EQS — Range: up to 738 km
  • Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV — Range: up to 706 km
  • Mercedes-Benz EQV — Range: 343 km
MG Electric Cars


Modern and affordable, the new MG4 EV with a range of up to 450 km is priced at €30,000.

MG Electric Cars

  • MG 4 — Range: up to 450 km
  • MG 5 — Range: up to 402 km
  • MG ZS — Range: up to 440 km
MINI Electric Cars


With timeless design features, cool tech and practical touches, you can bag a MINI Cooper Electric  for €40,000.

MINI Electric Cars

  • MINI Cooper Electric — Range: up to 402 km
Nissan Electric Cars


The popular Nissan Leaf with 16″ Steel Wheels and an e-Pedal with regenerate function starts at €28,500.

Nissan Electric Cars

  • Nissan Ariya — Range: up to 532 km
  • Nissan Leaf — Range: up to 385 km
Opel Electric Cars


The classic Opel Astra has entered an electrifying new level, with drivers able to cruise smooth and silent, or power up for the thrill of instant torque. It starts at €39,500.

Opel Electric Cars

  • Opel Astra Electric — Range: 416 km
  • Opel Corsa Electric — Range: up to 396 km
  • Opel Mokka Electric — Range: 324 km
Peugeot Electric Cars


The Peugeot E-208, perfect for navigating cities, has a sculpted bonnet, LED light designs and prominent rear trim, giving it a unique look. It is going in Ireland for €32,800.

Peugeot Electric Cars

  • Peugeot E-2008 — Range: 406 km
  • Peugeot E-208 — Range: up to 399 km
  • Peugeot E-308 — Range: up to 414 km
Polestar Electric Cars


Polestar 2 has a rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive powertrain and a high-capacity battery. It has a distinctive minimalist design and will cost upwards of €53,000 for a 2024 car.

Polestar Electric Cars

  • Polestar 2 — Range: up to 551 km
  • Polestar 3 — Range: up to 610 km
  • Polestar 4 — Range: up to 600 km
Porsche Electric Cars


The Porche Taycan is the pure expression of a Porsche electric sports car, boasting striking proportions, and an instantly recognisable design. Pricing starts at €102,000.

Porsche Electric Cars

  • Porsche Taycan — Range: up to 506 km
  • Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo — Range: up to 488 km
  • Porsche Taycan Sport Turismo — Range: up to 506km
Renault Electric Cars


Renault’s new Megane E-tech, for €39,500, has a completely flat floor, and extra space due to its widened structure.

Renault Electric Cars

  • Renault Megane E-Tech Electric — Range: up to 470 km
  • Renault Zoe — Range: up to 395 km
skoda Electric Cars


Skoda Electric Cars

  • Skoda Enyaq Coupe iV — Range: up to 552 km
  • Skoda Enyaq iV — Range: up to 544 km
smart Electric Cars


The unique Smart car arrives electrified in Ireland in 2024 with two models, the Smart #1 and Smart #3.

Smart Electric Cars

  • Smart 1 — Range: up to 440 km
  • Smart 3 — Range: up to 455 km
Subaru Electric Cars


Beautifully named by combining the Latin words for ‘sun’ and ‘land’, the Subaru Solterra offers high-end driving performance and the rugged reliability Subaru’s SUVs are known for. Pricing for the Subaru Solterra is €51,500.

Subaru Electric Vehicles

  • Subaru Solterra — Range: 465 km
Tesla Electric Cars


Electric car pioneers Tesla’s Model 3 has quick acceleration, long range and fast charging, starting at €41,000 for the shorter range model. The new Model 3 comes in two striking colours – stealth grey and ultra red.

Tesla Electric Cars

  • Tesla Model 3 — Range: up to 678 km
  • Tesla Model Y — Range: up to 533 km
Toyota Electric Cars


Toyota’s all electric SUV, the Toyota bZ4X, has a long range of up to 505 km, with prices starting at €50,700.

Toyota Electric Cars

  • Toyota bZ4X — Range: 505 km
Volkswagen Electric Cars


Volkswagen has a range of models on offer for those looking for a new electric car. The e-up! city car is ideal for navigating urban streets at €29,500, while those looking for a longer range could opt for the stylish ID.4, for €55,300, which has perfectly shaped 18 inch or optional 19 to 21 inch alloy wheels, roof railing, and recessed door handles.

Volkswagen Electric Cars

  • Volkswagen e-up! — Range: 253 km
  • Volkswagen ID. Buzz — Range: up to 413 km
  • Volkswagen ID.3 — Range: up to 557 km
  • Volkswagen ID.4 — Range: up to 550 km
  • Volkswagen ID.5 — Range: up to 556 km
  • Volkswagen ID.7 — Range: up to 700 km
volvo Electric Cars


Volvo C40 is a pure electric crossover with a leather free interior and Google built-in, an air purifier and a 360-degree camera. The C40 Plus starts at €59,250.

Volvo Electric Vehicles

  • Volvo C40 — Range: up to 534 km
  • Volvo EX30 — Range: up to 600 km
  • Volvo EX90 — Range: up to 600 km
  • Volvo XC40 Recharge — Range: up to 516 km

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The Most Popular Electric Vehicle in Ireland

Some 22,789 new electric vehicles were registered in Ireland in 2023, a 45% increase on 2022 (15,678) and a whopping 562% increase on 2022 (3,444). The Volkswagen ID.4 was the top-selling electric car in Ireland in 2023, with new models selling for €55,280.

The Electric Car with the Best Range in Ireland

The Mercedes EQE 350+ has the longest WLTP range at 671 km. The German manufacturers’ EQE 350+ luxury saloon is a rear-wheel drive with a single electric motor. It has the ability to produce 288 horsepower and up to 391 pound-feet of torque.

The Cheapest EV in Ireland

At just €27,495, the Fiat 500e 24kW hatchback with 93 horsepower is the cheapest electric car in Ireland. The standard features of the Fiat 500e Icon has a central console with open storage space, folding rear seats and a heated rear window.

The Electric Vehicle with the Biggest Battery in Ireland

The largest battery in an electric vehicle in Ireland is found in the Audi SQ8, at 114kW. The car boasts a fully electric quattro drive with three electric motors, one on the front and two at the rear axle.

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