Your electric car options have been multiplying and there are over 100 battery-electric vehicle models on the market for 2023. We have researched these options if you are looking to buy in the next 12 months.

The bad news is that prices are up for 2023 compared to 2022. Demand for electric vehicles globally is strong due to market interest and government incentives. Supply is constrained due to the aftermath of Covid, the ongoing Ukraine war, inflation and manufacturing output. Manufacturers are working hard to increase output: Tesla's new Berlin gigafactory is putting new supply onto the market, and all the other manufacturers are competing.

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From RTÉ Radio 1's Today With Claire Byrne, motoring journalist Bob Flavin on what to know before buying an electric car

More bad news is that electricity prices have rocketed, wiping out much of the fuel savings of driving an electric car compared to diesel or petrol. On the positive side, insurance costs are coming out slightly lower for battery-electric vehicles, while the road tax remains €120 for the year.

Government subsidies remain in place. All the prices quoted for battery-electric vehicles include a government grant of €5,000 towards any car costing less than €60,000. Be cautious about adding additional features which push the purchase price over €60,000 as they will be very expensive features if you lose the €5,000 grant.

Vehicle registration tax (VRT) relief continues on BEVs, but with limits kicking in at €40,000. A €600 grant is available towards the electric car charger. Value added tax (VAT) at 23% remains part of the price of all new cars in Ireland.

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From RTÉ Radio 1's Today With Claire Byrne, motoring journalist Michael Sheridan on the reality of owning and running an electric car

You also have lots of other EV options from hybrid-electric vehicles (HEV) to plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles (PHEV). These may well better suit your driving or budget requirements. Grants are not available for HEVs or PHEVs, but the taxes are lower. Mild hybrids are a growing sector of the market and are also an option for a fuel-saving drive.

If you are thinking of buying a BEV or PHEV, you could also consider installing solar panels to help charge the vehicle. EVs and solar panels can work well together to fuel your driving using home-grown solar power.

The big list for 2023

The following alphabetical list is a starting reference for EVs on the market in early 2023. The vehicle type is shown as coupe (c), crossover (x), estate (e), hatchback (h), liftback (l), saloon (s), people carrier (P), utility van (u), or sports-utility van (V).

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From RTÉ Radio 1's Today With Claire Byrne, Brian O'Connell reports on public charge points for electric vehicles as EV car sales rise

The standardized Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) values are published in Ireland for range, and so are used here, but we do note that there can be varying interpretations of the test values. The WLTP range in kilometres (km) can be difficult to achieve in typical driving as the standardized test does not consider much of real-life driving: hills, driving style, cargo, air-conditioning, etc.

We also include in brackets the real-world range estimate published by the UK-based EV Database website. Battery capacity in kilowatt-hours (kWh) is additionally provided for each vehicle, again from the EV Database website. The presented value is the gross or nominal battery capacity.

Remember the useable battery capacity is always less than the nominal battery capacity. This is important as using less of the nominal battery capacity extends the life of the battery. BEV owners have the option of limiting useable battery capacity even further to 80 or 90% of the maximum useable capacity. Limiting to these lower values is highly recommended in order to get the longest life from the battery and so maximize the overall environmental benefits of EVs.

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From RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland, Cillian Sherlock reports on the difficulties EV drivers face in charging their vehicles at home

Please note that there may be errors or omissions, and that there will be variations due to delivery charges. Not all 2023 prices were available at time of publication. New vehicle launches are fast and furious in the electric vehicle world, and so check with the dealers as to prices, new and premium models, range, and variations for 2023 and beyond.

Audi

e-tron GT quattro (s) €106,050, 93.4 kWh, 487 km (420 km);

e-tron GT RS (s) €145,360, 93.4 kWh, 487 km (405 km);

Q4 e-tron, (V) €56,780, 82 kWh, 490 km (385 km);

Q4 e-tron Sportback (V) €60,735, 82 kWh, 511 km (400 km);

Q8 e-tron (V) €86,400, 114 kWh, 582 km (495 km);

A6 e-tron (s,e).

BMW

i3 (h, four-seater) €44,695, 42 kWh, 308 km;

i4 (s) €63,565, 83.9 kWh, 589 km (470 km);

i7 (s) €135,845, 105 kWh, 625 km (510 km);

iX xDrive M Sport (V) €124,565, 115.5 kWh, 630 km (505 km);

iX1 (V) €63,995, 68 kWh, 440 km (355 km).

Citroën

Citroën's C4 on the road. Photo: Citroën Ireland

C4 (x) €39,789, 50 kWh; 357 km (265 km);

E-Berlingo (u) €36,462, 50 kWh, 280 km (195 km);

Spacetourer (P) €42,181, 50 kW, 230 km (180 km).

Cupra

Born 58 (h) €40,920, 62 kWh, 424 km (350 km);

Born 77 (h) €50,780, 82 kWh, 548 km (450 km).

DS Automobiles

DS 3 Crossback E-Tense (x) €43,362, 50 kWh, 320 km (260 km).

Fiat

500e Action (h) €25,995, 24 kWh, 190 km (135 km);

Icon (h) €29,995, 42 kWh, 320 km (235 km);

Icon Convertible (h) €34,995, 42 kWh, 320 km (235 km).

Ford

Mustang Mach-E RWD Standard (x) €67,666, 75.7 kWh, 440 km (355 km);

Mustang Mach-E RWD Extended (x) €63,510, 98.7 kWh, 610 km (455 km);

Mustang Mach-E AWD Extended (x) €93,836, 98.7 kWh, 550 km (440 km).

Honda

Anyone for a yellow Honda e for 2023? Photo: Honda

Honda e (h) €29,995, 35.5 kWh, 222 km (170 km).

Hyundai

Ioniq5 (V) €39,995, 58 kWh, 384 km (295 km);

Ioniq5 (V) €48,495, 77.4 kWh, 507 km (390 km);

Kona 39 (x) €32,495, 42 kWh, 305 km (250 km);

Kona 64 (x) €39,995, 67.5 kWh, 484 km (395 km);

Ioniq6 (s) - to be launched late 2023

Jaguar

I-Pace (x) €80,380; 90 kWh, 470 km (380 km).

Jeep

Avenger (V).

Kia

The Kia EV6 lines up for 2023. Photo: Kia

EV6 (x) €54,300, 77.4 kWh, 528 km (410 km);

Niro (x) €44,990, 68 kWh, 460 km (380 km).

Lexus

UX 300e (x) €57,805, 54.3 kWh, 315 km (235 km).

Mazda

MX-30 (x) €42,090, 35.5 kWh, 200 km (170 km).

Mercedes Benz

EQE 300 (s) €85,295, 100 kWh, 622 km (515 km);

EQE 350 4MATIC (s) €92,645, 100 kWh, 579 km (500 km);

EQS 450+ (s) €135,245, 120 kWh, 743 km (640 km);

EQS 500 4MATIC (s) €86,710, 120 kWh, 683 km (605 km);

EQS SUV 450+ (V) €139,880, 120 kWh, 655 km (495 km);

EQS SUV 580 4MATIC (V) €168,265, 120 kWh, 594 km (485 km).

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From RTÉ Radio 1's Ryan Tubridy Show, motoring journalist and photographer Joe Rayfus on what's happening in the world of electric cars

MG

MG4 Standard Range (h) €27,495, 51.1 kWh, 350 km (298 km);

MG4 Long Range (h) €35,345, 64 kWh, 450 km (363 km);

MG5 (e) €34,645, 61.1 kWh, 403 km (322 km);

ZS Standard Range(x) €31,995, 51.1 kWh, 320 km (265 km);

ZS Long Range (x) 72.6 kWh, 440 km (362 km).

Mini

Cooper (h, four-seater) €35,615, 33 kWh, 233 km (180 km).

Nissan

Ariya 63 (V), 66 kWh, 402 km (320 km)

Ariya 87 (V), 91 kWh, 519 km (445 km).

Leaf (h) €30,345, 40 kWh, 270 km (235 km);

Leaf e+ (h) €38,590, 62 kWh, 385 km (340 km).

Opel

Opel's electric Astra. Photo: Opel

Astra (h) Price to be announced, 54 kWh, 416 km (310 km);

Combo-e Life (u) €37,161, 50 kWh, 285 km (200 km);

Corsa (h) €34,818, 50 kWh, 337 km (285 km);

Mokka (x) €35,568, 50 kWh, 322 km (255 km);

Vivaro (u) €48,695, 50 kWh, 230 km, (180 km);

Zafira (u) €59,372, 75 kWh, 330 km, (260 km).

Peugeot

208 (h) €31,995, 50 kWh, 339 km (285 km);

2008 (V) €35,135, 50 kWh, 362 km (255 km);

e-Rifter (u) €37,565, 50 kWh, 274 km (195 km);

e-Combi (P) €49,030, 50 kWh, 225 km, (180 km).

Polestar

Polestar 2 Standard Range Single Motor (v) €53,205, 69 kWh, 473 km;

Polestar 2 Long Range Dual Motor (v) €65,921, 78 kWh, 483 km (390 km).

Porsche

Taycan (l) €96,080, 79.2 kWh, 432 km (410 km);

Taycan 4 Cross Turismo (e) €107,551, 93.4 kWh, 456 km (425 km);

Taycan Turbo S Cross Turismo (e) €182,506, 93.4 kWh, 419 km (385 km).

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From RTÉ Radio 1's This Week, John Byrne from ESB e-cars on the need for an all-island network of charging stations

Renault

Zoe (h) €33,995, 54.7 kWh, 395 km (315 km);

Megane E-Tech 40 (x) €37,495, 40 kWh, 300 km (250 km);

Megane E-tech 60 (x) €41,995, 60 kWh, 450 km (335 km).

Skoda

Enyaq iV 60 (V) €44,369, 62 kWh, 397 km (330 km);

Enyaq iV 80 (V) €52,885, 82 kWh, 535 km (420 km).

Subaru

Solterra AWD (V) €49,995, 71.4 kWh, 465 km (355 km).

Tesla

Model 3 (s) €54,800, 60 kWh, 491 km (378 km);

Model 3 Long Range (s) €70,553, 82 kWh, 602 km (483 km);

Model 3 Performance (s) €75,177, 82 kWh, 547 km (459 km);

Model S (s) 95 kWh, 652 km;

Model S Plaid (s) 95 kWh, 637 km;

Model X (s) 95 kWh, 560 km (467 km);

Model X Plaid (s) 95 kWh, 536 km (451 km);

Model Y (s) €52,972, 60 kWh, 455 km (346 km);

Model Y Long Range (s) €74,478, 82 kWh, 542 km (434 km);

Model Y Performance (s) €79,478, 82 kWh, 513 km (418 km).

Toyota

bZ4X Sport (V) €50,000, 71.4 kWh, 516 km (370 km).

Volkswagen

ID.3 Life (h) €40,862, 58 kWh, 425 km (350 km);

ID.4 Life (V) €50,090, 82 kWh, 517 km (410 km);

ID.5 Life (V) €61,345, 82 kWh, 517 km (430 km).

Volvo

C40 Recharge Single (x) €62,515, 78 kWh, 531 km;

C40 Recharge Twin (x) €67,515, 78 kWh, 508 km;

XC40 Recharge Single (V) €61,715, 82 kWh, 515 km (385 km);

XC40 Recharge Twin (V) €64,920, 82 kWh, 500 km (380 km);

EX90 (7-seater V) €117,910, 111 kWh, 585 km (455 km).


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