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DoneDeal of the week: Two electric vehicles with a lot to offer

This week we have two EVs that rival their petrol or diesel counterparts.

THESE TWO FULLY electric vehicles both claim a single charge range of over 200km – and come with the added bonus of never having to queue at the petrol station again.

First up, this 2016 Nissan Leaf 30kWh (€19,500)

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The Nissan Leaf 30kWh is a 100% electric vehicle with a potential range of 250km/h. The divisive looking car is actually a common enough sight on Irish roads with over 1,000 of them sold so far.

It offers a very quiet ride due to the electric motor but also the cabin is well insulated from external noises too. In fact, driving the Leaf is almost calming, almost.

The external features of this particular model include body coloured bumpers and door mirrors, chrome door handles, daytime running lights, front fog lights, LED rear lights and 17-inch alloy wheels.

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The cabin is finished in black leather and features a cold pack which includes heated seats, heated steering wheel and heated door mirrors. It has a multifunction steering wheel with height adjustment and electric windows with privacy glass.

There are 60:40 rear folding split seats, which when folded extend the boot capacity from 370 litres to 720 litres.

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There is a seven-inch colour LCD touchscreen with Navigation and Nissan Connect EV including remote connection to PC or mobile phone. There is also hands-free Bluetooth with voice activation and a CD player with AUX jack, USB plug and iPod connectivity.

There is an onboard trip computer, 360-degree Round View Monitor, cruise control and speed limiter, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Hill Start Assist and I-Key with engine stop/ start button.

This car comes with everything you could need to get you started including the 32 amp charging lead, home charging unit and one year’s free road tax. It also comes with a Nissan Warranty until 2024.

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It is powered by an 80kW AC synchronous motor with a single-speed gear reduction transmission driving power to the front wheels. It produces 80kW (109hp) and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 11.5 seconds, on to a top speed of 144km/h. The official single charge range according to the NEDC test is 250km.

It falls into tax band A0, which means it is just €120 a year to tax.

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Next, this 2016 Renault Zoe (€16,700)

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The Renault Zoe EV is a well styled, handsome little car that is rather nippy around town. It has a clever ‘chameleon’ charging system which means it can take a charge from multiple types of charge points and on an AC fast charging station the battery can charge to 80% in just half an hour.

This particular car is finished in white with black rear door handles with Zoe designer signature. It has body coloured front door handles, bi-halogen optical projector front headlights, electrically operated and heated wing mirrors, LED daytime running lights and 15-inch Michelin ENERGY E-V tyres with 15-inch Aerobase wheel trims.

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The inside is finished in black ‘Expression’ upholstery and features the R-Link multimedia system, which includes a seven-inch touchscreen, TomTom LIVE navigation, FM tuner, Bluetooth audio streaming and hands-free calls, USB and AUX sockets, voice control and vehicle applications.

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Safety features and driver’s aids include ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) and emergency brake assist, cruise control / speed limiter, eco-mode with activation / deactivation button, econometer, battery gauge, and integrated mileage counter, electronic brake distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC) with anti-skid regulation (ASR) and understeer control (CSV), hill start assist and R.A.I.D. (Renault Anti Intruder Device) automatic door locking.

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It is powered by a 65kW synchronous electric motor mated to a gearbox with single-speed reduction gear bar driving power to the front wheels.

The car produces 88hp and goes from 0 to 100km/h in 13.5 seconds, onto a top speed of 135km/h. The official single charge range according to the NEDC test is 210km.

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It falls into tax band A0, which means it is just €120 a year to tax. The car has just 1,006km on the clock.

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