Monthly Archives: February 2018


2018 IEVOA AGM

Dear IEVOA members,

We would like to inform you that the 2018 AGM will take place on the 24th March 2018, 12:00 noon in Nissan Headquarters, ParkWest Business Park , Dublin 12 , D12 FFD0.

If you are coming, please register in the link below!

Irish EV Owners Association AGM 2018 Registration

We would like to point out that only 2018 full members (paid membership) will be able to take part to the votes, but everyone is welcome.

Also if you want to contribute to the association with your skills, should it be by lobbying, be an IT/webmaster, if you are passionate organising events, etc. please send us an email at admin@irishevowners.ie and let us know how you can make the IEVOA a better organisation.

If you haven’t renewed your 2017 full membership just yet, or if you wish to upgrade your (free) associate membership to a 2018 full membership, feel free to fill out the form below:

http://www.irishevowners.ie/membership/

Do not hesitate to contact Guillaume (membership@irishevowners.ie) if you have any question.

 

Regardless of your membership status, do not forget to RSVP on the following page, should you wish to join us that day !

http://www.irishevowners.ie/agm2018/

 

Thanks you for your support and we hopefully will see you on the 24th March!

 


New Nissan Leaf : Range, prices and equipments for the Irish market

 

A few months after the Launch Edition, priced €29.590, Nissan Ireland reveals the 2018 range, with the traditional XE to SVE trim levels. Novelty for this year, a new version “SV Premium”, goes between the the mid-range SV and posh SVE.

 

The Leaf XE starts at €26,290 . It has the e-pedal, the 6.6kw onboard charger, climate control, lane departure warning. Optional is Nissan Connect EV (Satellite navigation, with Android Auto, Apple Carplay, rear view monitor)

 

Leaf XE

 

The Leaf SV is available at € 28,690. Like the outgoing model, it is available in grey or black interior colours. Over the XE it gains the heat pump, Nissan Connect EV with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, rear view monitor. The much loved Cold pack (4 heated seats and heated steering wheel), front and rear parking sensors are all available as options.

 

The new SV Premium trim comes at € 29,940. It has the same interior as the SV, but can have the optional part leather upholstery (in beige or black). It has 17” alloys, all around view monitor with moving object detection, intelligent driver alertness and parking sensors (front and rear).  Options include Full LED headlights, Cold Pack, proPILOT and Bose Premium sound system.

Leaf SV Premium/SVE, with 17” alloy wheels.

 

Finally the range topping SVE is available from €32,600. It still has a full leather upholstery and  you now have the choice of a black or beige interior. Like the outgoing version it adds LED headlights (now with high beams), Bose Premium sound system, heated seats but also ProPILOT and electronic parking brake. The only option (besides metallic paint) is the ProPILOT Park (available from May 2018).

The prices above includes the €5,000 Government Grant and excludes dealer delivery charges and metallic paint.

Colour range : Note that the 2-tone option is only available from the SV premium trim.

You can have a choice of 7 different interiors: Thank you Nissan Ireland, as Nissan UK offers the 4 black ones only!

 

 

 


Five BMW i3 for UNICEF Ireland

A piece of news you might have missed a few months ago : BMW Frank Keane has been partnering with UNICEF for the supply of 5 BMW i3.

BMW Frank Keane have also committed to supporting UNICEF Ireland by donating €15 to UNICEF for every new car purchased and up to €5 for every service.

This allows UNICEF to enjoy a modern fleet with lower running costs, while showing their interest in the environment.

It’s always pleasant to see charity work meeting environmental concerns, hopefully this show the way to other NGOs.

 


New on the market : Renault Kangoo Z.E. 33

The Kangoo Z.E. has been on the market since 2011, and has been discreetly lead the market of electric vans in Europe since.

 

What is it ?

It’s your typical panel van, also available as “maxi” (stretched wheelbase) and “crew van” (same lenght as maxi, but with 5 seats)

The Kangoo Z.E. has similar capacities as the diesel version. Payload ranges from 605 to 640kg depending on the version, Load volume varies from 1.3m3 (Crew Van) to 4 m3 (Maxi Van). It can tow too, which is rare for an EV, but no more than 374kg.

What’s new ?

As you might have guessed with its name, the Kangoo Z.E. now has a 33kwh battery, in replacement of the 22kwh pack it had since its launch. The other change is that the price now includes the battery, just like with the Zoé Z.E.40.

How is the range ?

It is rated 270km NEDC, a massive improvement from the 170km NEDC of the previous version. This is more than a 30kwh Leaf (250km) and almost as good as the super efficient Ioniq (280km). Expect a real range between 120km and 200km, depending on the weather, road type and your driving style.

How does it charge ?

There is some improvement over the previous version, it charges at 32amp instead of 16amp, still with a single type 2 connector … It’s twice as fast as before but still no fast charge available like on its cousin the Nissan ENV-200.

This means a full charge will take no less than 6 hours (on a 7kw charger).

How much does it cost ?

€ 28.190 for the Kangoo Van

€ 29,990 for the Kangoo Maxi

€ 30,990 for the Kangoo Maxi Crew van

€ 32,090 for the Kangoo Maxi Crew van Cab

Price are inclusive of VAT, VRT, VRT relief and € 3,800 SEAI grant.


New on the market : Hyundai Ioniq PHEV

After the plug-less hybrid and the more popular pure electric model launched a year ago, Hyundai is now putting on the Irish market the Plug-in Hybrid variant of its Ioniq.

What is it ?

A family car, with 5 seats, a decent boot and a good interior quality.

Just like the Niro PHEV, it has a 105hp petrol engine, a 68hp electric motor, giving a total output of 141hp.

How does it charge ?

Again it has the same setup as the Niro : 7kw charge speed (220v AC 32amp), with a type 2 socket.

It can therefore do a full charge in 2 hours and 15 minutes on a 7kw+ charger, or around 6 hours with the granny cable.

 

How much does it cost ?

€ 31,995, which is  € 3,000 more than the full electric Ioniq and thanks to a higher VRT rebate and the SEAI incentive €500 cheaper than the plug-less Ioniq (which obviously becomes a non-sense to buy!). It is also the same price as its cousin the Niro PHEV, and € 5-8.000 cheaper than a Prius PHEV. If Hyundai can supply these cars, it should be a success!

 


Irish PHEV sales – January 2018

Plug-in Hybrid sales have grown by 131% in January, compared to January last year. 109 PHEV cars were sold, accounting for 0.29% of the new car market. It is now above the short-supplied BEVs  that represent a low 0.27% of total sales. As you can see from the chart below most models are expensive premiums, nothing is available below € 30,000 ! Let’s not forget that the BMW 530e, leading the segment, is slightly cheaper than 530d or a 530i (with similar performance) making it a no brainer purchase for many interested in the 5-series.

Used imports are relatively rare but still on the rise with 68 units sold in January. For reference, 224 PHEVs were imported during the whole year 2017. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, that got quite popular in the UK during the past few years is leading the pack.

 


New on the market : Kia Niro PHEV

The Kia Niro (launched last year as a non-rechargeable hybrid) is now available with a socket, and this is the first PHEV from Kia you can get in Ireland.

What is this car ?

It’s a small family crossover, sharing its powertrain with the Hyundai Ioniq. A modern design and a unique trim, very well equipped (leather seats, navigation, 7” touch screen, smart cruise control, lane keep assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, etc.)

It has a 105hp engine and 43.5hp electric motor, means a 141hp (combined) powertrain, mated to a 6-speed dual clutch transmission.

8.9kwh battery, giving 50km of EV range (says Kia, I wouldn’t expect that much)

How does it charge ?

7kw : 220v AC 32amp with a type 2 socket

It can therefore do a full charge in 2 hours and 15 minutes on a 7kw+ charger, around 6 hours with the granny cable.

 

How much does it cost ?

€ 36,995, excluding the € 5,000 SEAI grant, witch seems quite a sum, but don’t forget that the car comes fully loaded.

 


Irish EV sales – January 2018

Ev sales are down a harsh 38% in January 2018 compared to January 2017, with only 104 sales of new cars, just 0.28% of the total market.

The best seller is still the Nissan Leaf with 54 sales. We are still talking about the previous model, probably the last stock. The Renault Zoé comes second with 15 registrations, which is low but quite good compared to its previous years performance. More disappointing are the 12 Ioniq sold, big drop after the 69 units sold in January last year. Is this a supply issue ?

If we have a look at the Irish market and other energies, total sales are down 4.8%. Importantly diesel market share collapses from 65% down to 57%, petrol goes from 30% to 36% and hybrids (without a plug) are going from 3.4% to an impressive 6.3% market share, showing the push from Toyota towards this powertrain.

Find in the chart below January EV sales

On the other hand, the imports of used EV is still on the rise, with 51 cars registered in January 2018 versus 21 only a year ago. Note the growing interest in the Tesla Model S, becoming relatively affordable in the UK.

See below used EV imports detail