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The 5 at 5 Owning an EV will help you cut motoring costs as well as tailpipe emissions.

ELECTRIC VEHICLES (EVs) are becoming a much more common sight on Irish roads. There are many advantages of owning an electric car including helping to cut running costs and a reduction in tailpipe emissions.

You can also avail of VRT relief for electric vehicles and there are grants available through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to help towards cutting the cost of purchasing a new EV.

We’ve rounded up five electric vehicles available to buy on DoneDeal which all cost less than €35,000.

Under €35k

2018 Volkswagen e-Golf, €34,488

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The Volkswagen e-Golf has a claimed range of 300km, but again the ‘real-world’ figure is more like 200km of driving range per charge. The e-Golf also has the ability to fast charge, which can replenish up to 80 per cent of the battery’s charge in as little as 45 minutes.

With its hatchback body and same roomy interior as the regular Golf, the e-Golf is well suited to families and those who want their EV to look just like a regular car.

Under €30k

2018 Renault Zoe, €29,995

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The Renault Zoe has a claimed one-charge range of 403km, which is the longest claimed range of any mainstream electric vehicle. However, the real-world figure is more like 280km.

The Zoe’s battery can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in 1 hour 40 minutes with a 43kW public charge point. It is as practical and usable as any supermini with a combustion engine but it has zero tailpipe emissions. This particular car comes with a full leather interior, a reversing camera and Bose sound system.

Under €30k

2018 Nissan Leaf 40kWh, €29,290

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This is the new second-generation Nissan Leaf and it comes with sharper looks, a longer driving range, more power and improved onboard technology. The battery is a 40kWh unit which gives the Leaf a 270km one-charge range on the new WLTP cycle.

The WLTP is a more stringent test than the old NEDC one and more realistic. The Nissan Leaf is really one of the most practical EVs that you can buy especially if you are looking for a family motor.

Under €27k

2018 Renault Zoe, €26,750

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This Renault Zoe Dynamique Nav has the same one-charge range of 403km as the Zoe listed above but this particular example comes with a seven-inch touchscreen with TomTom navigation system, a 3D Digital Sound System by Arkady and parking sensors.

Under €11k

2018 Renault Twizy, €10,745

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The all-electric two-seater by Renault may be compact but it is a whole lot of fun! It offers urbanites something out of the norm when it comes to transport and its 100km range would suit those that have a short commute or just want something small and funky to whizz around town.

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