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Electric Cars – what you need to know

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Electric vehicles are fast becoming the preferred choice for new car buyers.

There are many types of EVs on the market today from battery electric vehicles (BEVs) to plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs).
A BEV is a vehicle that uses a battery as the sole means of energy storage for the propulsion of the vehicle. A BEV does not have a fossil fuel engine or generator.

A plug in hybrid vehicle has both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. The electric battery can be charged by the combustion engine or via plug in from an electricity source. The battery’s energy is recharged by the engine, wheel motion or by plugging into a charge point.

An additional type of plug in hybrid is called a range extender electric vehicle. This type of EV has a small petrol powered generator to recharge the battery and allow extended range when the battery level is low.

There are many benefits if you choose an electric vehicle.

Better for the environment

This is one of the biggest advantages, pure electric vehicles have no tailpipe so they produce less harmful emissions than an internal combustion engine.

Lower running costs. It is estimated that fuelling an EV can cost 80% less that fuelling a comparable petrol vehicle.

Lower maintenance costs. Did you know there is less brake pad wear on an electric vehicle because the motor slows the vehicle before friction braking is needed. The energy goes back to the battery, instead of wearing out your brake pads. In addition many EV drivers experience less tyre wear.

Driving distance

Hybrids do not have any issue for overall driving range. However pure battery electric vehicles come with a variety of driving ranges. Typical EV ranges go from 100kms up to 500kms. According to the sustainable energy authority 80% of car journeys in Ireland cover distances of 20km on under.

There are grants available of up to €5,000 if you as a private buyer purchase a new BEV or plug in hybrid.
There are over 41,000 electric vehicles and plug in hybrids on Irish roads today. From an insurance perspective EVs are quoted by all the major insurance markets.

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Credit Union launch a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd. Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) […]

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Building on recent success the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick have launched a new collaboration with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd.

Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd specialise in Photovoltaic (PV) Solar systems that generate electricity, battery storage, air to water heat-pumps and much more.
Gilroy’s work with customers to receive the SEAI once-off grant towards the purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and heat pumps for your home.
Collaborating with Kerry and West Limerick Credit Union expands the finance options available to Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd customers to help finance new PV Solar Panel installations. Loan rates will be directly linked to the property BER starting from 4.7%(4.89APR) for an “A” rated BER.
Martin Gilroy; CEO with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd said: “We are delighted to officially launch this collaboration with the Credit Unions of Kerry and West Limerick. Customers have already reaped the benefits on recent installation projects after contacting their local Credit Union. Having a direct link to local Credit Unions allows us to guide customers to affordable financing options based on the specific installation quotation we provide at very competitive rates.“
Speaking on behalf of the Kerry and West Limerick Credit Unions, Ashley Fitzgerald added: “We are delighted to have Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd come on board as part of our Greener Homes Loan offering. Home Energy Upgrade have become a prominent concern and talking point among members in recent months, by Credit Unions having a direct link with Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd allows both sides to make referrals and seek the best finance option for members. We are working hard building relationships with Green Energy Ltd providers as we want to ensure our members can avail of the best loan rates for all upgrade works.”
Credit Unions across Kerry and West Limerick. Abbeyfeale Credit Union, Cara Credit Union, Killarney Credit Union, Listowel Credit Union and Rathmore and District Credit Union can be reached via: www.creditunion.ie
Gilroy’s Green Energy Ltd can be contacted on 066-7115920, email info@gilroys.ie or for more information visit www.gilroys.ie.

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Racegoers Club to host Cheltenham Preview Night

Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7. Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St […]

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Killarney Racegoers Club will host its annual Cheltenham Preview Night in Corkery’s Bar on March 7.

Admission is free and this year’s chosen beneficiary is the Killarney Branch of St Vincent De Paul Society.
The expert panel includes professional punter Paddy Wilmott, leading jockey Conor McNamara, up-and-coming Kerry-based trainer Eoin McCarthy and local bookmaker Brendan Tyther with Vince Casey acting as the event’s compere.

“There is no admission fee but a raffle on the night for dual membership of Killarney Racegoers Club for the year, which includes 13 days racing and many reciprocal days to other race meetings,” said Mr Casey.

The Cheltenham Festival begins on March 12.

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