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Ireland scores average within EU in Lease Plan’s EV readiness index 2019   Recently updated !

Lease Plan’s EV readiness report is a yearly analysis made to see where 22 main European markets are at, with regards to EV adoption, gauging purchase incentives, vehicle sales, charging infrastructure, tax benefits, etc. All countries are showing progress, Ireland is in the middle of the pack, in 11th position.

A deep dive into the report shows that Ireland is scoring well in terms of government incentives, unfortunately not followed by equally strong vehicle sales (are we a conservative country?). Unsurprisingly our charging network is not a strong asset either.

Source: Lease Plan

Download the full pdf report here.

 


Best selling Irish BEV commercial vans for 2018 (new sales)

There is a category of EVs that we usually don’t still see covered because volumes are small, and these aren’t really anyone’s dream cars but deserves attention by the community : light commercial vehicles (LCVs). The market is very small (0.33% of the total market, that is at 99% diesel) and the number of available models, even smaller.

The Kangoo ZE was a top player in this category last year, not only in Ireland but in Europe. From 0 (!) sales last year, it is now leading the segment with 41 registrations for 2018. Note that it means that 5% of Kangoos are Electric, the rest being diesel (on a total of 799 Kangoo sold last year).

Renault Kangoo Express Z.E.

It became somewhat more popular since the 33kWh battery (264km NEDC, 200km real life) replaced the 24kWh one (that it is no longer leased). The higher price (compared to a diesel variant) and lack of fast charging capability isn’t stopping fleet managers (last kilometre deliveries, postal services) who make rational choices and show that EVs do make a lot of sense in such application, even without fast charging.

The Citroën Berlingo Electric has been recently imported, and balances its small battery (24kWh) and even smaller range (170km NEDC) by a fast charging option (50kW Chademo socket). Note that the new Berlingo doesn’t exist just yet with an electric powertrain, and that the outgoing one is therefore still produced, exclusively in Electric form (including a 5-seat MPV form in some markets).

Citroën Berlingo Electric

Finally The Nisan ENV-200 is the 3rd contender. Moving from a 24kWh to 40kWh battery pack led to a large number of orders at the European level but also supply issues, that could explain the lower local sales. Active battery (air) cooling and 50kW Chademo socket are standard.

Nissan ENV-200

 

You will find below the historical sales of Electric LCVs. Only these 3 Electric vans have been sold so far in Ireland, in relatively low volumes, but as for the other EV categories, 2018 is the best year ever.


2018 Used Imports – Full BEVs and PHEVs Sales

Used imports registrations have been growing more than new cars ones at a general level, thanks to a currently cheap sterling, with over 100.000 cars registered (+7,8%). However only 693 of these were electric (BEVs). It is an increase of 42.6% over 2017 but still very low, considering that BEVs benefit from a €5000 VRT rebate on used vehicles too, making the import of second hand UK EVs even more interesting than ICE ones !

PHEVs imports on the other hand have been extremely healthy going from 224 (in 2017) to 1279 cars registered ! The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, extremely successful when new in the UK, can be found very easily on the second hand market and its very reasonable price helps it being very competitive in Ireland where it has never sold too well till now but where there is a demand on affordable PHEV SUVs.

For 2019, we have brexit, that will affect somehow the cost of imports, but still too many questions marks to predict what is actually going to happen.

 

 

 

Best selling Irish BEVs for 2018 (new car sales)

 

Best selling Irish PHEVs for 2018 (new car sales)

 

 

 


Best selling Irish PHEVs for 2018 (new car sales)

These are the top 10 best selling new PHEVs for 2018. Find at the bottom the comprehensive sales table, per month. You can also find here the 2018 best selling BEVs list.

1. BMW 530e iPerformance (150) : +384% – This is a very respectable level of sales considering that the 5-series is a premium model. A proof that it has gained respect from its customers and sales network : Only 67 petrol 5-series were sold during the same period. The 520d is still the star of that range but things are slowly changing. Find our test drive here.

 

2. Kia Niro PHEV (136) : It has landed in 2018 and is the most affordable PHEV on the Irish market, at €31.495. It is ticking all the boxes for an Irish success being a roomy family car with a crossover look, that allowed it to get the second spot of the market.

 

3. BMW 330e iPerformance (93) : -16% – It was the best selling PHEV last year but is now discontinued… The new 3-series has just been launched and the 330e variant will only arrive during the second part of 2019.

 

4. Volvo XC90 T8 (66) : +50% – The former best selling Irish PHEV SUV is still going strong.

 

5. Mini Countryman Cooper SE All4 (42) : +320% Find our test drive here

 

6. Volvo XC60 T8 (36) : +500%. Not as popular as the XC90 just yet but catching up.

 

7. Hyundai Ioniq PHEV (28) – Launched in 2018. Could do much better considering its €31995 price and its good efficiency.

 

7. Porsche Panamera (28) : A compliance car, but representing over 90% of Panamera sales, now that the diesel is gone.

 

9. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (26) : +24% – The original PHEV SUV is back, at a much cheaper price tag. Sales have shown great progress during the second part of 2018 and it could be in the 2019 top 3.

 

10. Toyota Prius (23) : -23%. This doesn’t seem to get much attention from is sales network, a collateral damage from the so called “self-charging” cars campaign that denigrates any car with a socket.

 

 

 


Best selling Irish BEVs for 2018 (new car sales)

These are the top 10 of best selling new BEVs for the 2018 year. Well, top 10 is a bit pushing it as there were exactly 10 different pure electric cars sold last year. More than 2017’s 9 models anyway and probably less than in 2019! Find the 2018 top 10 PHEVs list here

Find at the bottom the comprehensive 2018 sales tables

1. Nissan Leaf (789) : +207% – The Nissan Leaf is obviously a huge hit with a sales record over the previous generation, it is selling 8 times more than its next outsider, the Renault Zoé.

 

2. Renault Zoé (93) : +63% – Despite being now 6 years old, the Zoé sales have been progressing in Ireland again in 2018, helped with its new battery-inclusive pricing. With a start price of just €24,990, it’s also the cheapest BEV on the market and yet gets a decent 40kWh battery.

 

2. Hyundai Ioniq Electric (93) : -60% – This is a disappointment, when last year it was very close to the Nissan Leaf and gained respect within the EV community thanks to its high efficiency. How’s 2019 will go with the Kona’s competition ? We’re hoping for a bigger battery pack to be launched soon as it currently has the smaller capacity of lot.

 

4. Volkswagen E-Golf (80) : +700% – Finally some Irish interest into the well packaged but expensive popular car. The new Executive Edition might help sales to progress further in 2019.

 

5. Tesla Model S (79) : +119% – Tesla is now somewhat established in Ireland. Note that if its sales are behind the Mercedes S Class (101 units sold last year), it frankly outsells the BMW 7 series (42) and the Audi A8 (36).

 

6. BMW i3 (56) : +367% – Sales of the i3 are modest but progressing. 2019 looks even brighter thanks to a lower price and a bigger 42kWh battery.

 

7. Tesla Model X (36) : +157% – The big Tesla is doing well for a €100K+ car !

 

8. Jaguar i-pace (3) : Jaguar’s new model has recently landed in Ireland and will surely progress in 2019.

 

9. Nissan e-NV 200 Evalia (2) : -33%. It has just gone through a battery pack upgrade (from 24 to 40kWh)

 

9. Hyundai Kona (2) – The Kona and its class leading 64kWh battery pack is expected to be a success but supply with be an issue so it might not come anywhere close to the Nissan Leaf in 2019.

 

A total of 1233 new BEVs that were registered in 2018, doubling last year’s results, see below the details :

 

 


Leaf’s Rapidgate : What can you do to avoid it ?

The Nissan Leaf is infamous for its lack of battery cooling. It wasn’t really an issue on the Leaf 24, and then with the Leaf 30, you could hit the red-zone of the temperature gauge after 3 or 4 fast charges during the day. So when the Leaf 40 came out, it was with a great disappointment for the Leaf community to see that battery cooling wasn’t installed and that after just one fast charge, it could get so hot that the BMS (Battery Management System) would limit the charging speed to protect the battery. Rapidgate was born.

Why is it getting worse with the newer models?

As its name states, the Nissan Leaf 40 has a bigger capacity than the 24 and 30 but the physical size of the pack is exactly the same as the one of the previous models. When you put more energy/heat in the similar volume, heat is more concentrated and temperature rises.

Why do batteries get warm ?

Charging and discharging a battery creates heat. You can see it on your mobile phone if you play a game or use an app that needs a lot of resource/power. the battery will get warmer as it discharges. The opposite is also true, we’ve all noticed our smartphones getting warm after a long fast charge. The exact same applies to car batteries. When you plug at home and draw 3 or 7kw of power, your battery will not suffer from excessive heat and it will stay at a reasonable temperature level. On the other hand, when fast charging at 40 or 50kw, the battery will get very hot, very quickly. Batteries are usually happy around 25-30°c, this is why most manufacturers offer battery cooling/warming. This is best for a better battery life. In parts of the world where climate is hot, such as south California or Arizona, Leaf owners have seen their batteries degrading very quickly. Thankfully, we have an extremely mild climate in Ireland, never hot, never cold, which minimizes the issue, and making our country probably the most EV suitable in the world 🙂

So what can I do to to keep my Leaf 30 / Leaf 40 battery as cool as possible ?

If you know you are driving a long distance in a day (say 400km or more) there are some simple steps you can follow to limit that heat gain:

  • Fully charge your car the day before. It sounds obvious, but charging the car the day before, allowing the batteries to cool down after the charge, will allow you to start your journey with a battery as cold as possible. The battery being full, you’ll make your first fast charge late in your journey.
  • Drive at reasonable speeds. The faster you drive, the worse economy you will get. A car doing 16kWh / 100km at 100kph will draw 16kWh in one hour. A car doing 12kWh / 100km at 80kph will draw 12 kWh in 1 hour 12 min so less than 10 kWh in one hour ! More time between charges mean your car will be able to naturally cool down a little. A better efficiency will allow you to get more kilometers from your charge and, spend less time recharging ie put less heat in your battery.
  • Accelerate gently, use the Eco mode to help you doing so.
  • Avoid regeneration. Every time you slow down, you are recharging the battery and adding a bit of heat back into the battery. It is better to avoid it as much as possible. If you’re cruising at 90 kph on the motorway and that it is going downhill, just coast and let the car pick up some speed, rather than regenerating. On a Leaf, you will need to press slightly on the accelerator to do so.
  • Do not use cruise control. It doesn’t anticipate slopes as well as a human can and will therefore over-accelerate and over-regenerate.
  • Minimise the use the e-pedal (ideally deactivate it): it is a very good system especially around town but has a very strong regeneration that of course will produce heat.

Finally keep in mind that driving slower will not necessarily mean arrive later at your final destination. If you drive faster between 2 charges and save 20 minutes by driving 110 kph instead of 90 kph between 2 charges, you could loose much more than these 20mn spared by spending more time at the FCP. A Leaf with a cool battery should take around 45mn to charge 80% at 50kw but this can easily double if the battery is hot and charging speed slows down to 22kw as seen after 1 or 2 fast charges. Drive wisely !


ESB FCP Charging Fees Survey Summary

Dear members,

This is a summary of a survey conducted amongst registered members of the Irish EV Owners Association about the planned introduction of fees at the ESB Ecars Fast Chargers in 2019. The survey applies to the Fast Chargers only and does not include any questions about the standard AC chargers.

This summary report contains the results of all the questions with the exception of the open response question 10. This is for IEVOA committee use only.

78% of the respondents indicated they had access to a home charger.

About 45% of the respondents use an Ecars Fast Charger every week. Most respondents (123) only use one a few times a month but that’s closely followed by a few times a week (117).

Most respondents are in favour of the introduction of fees on a per kWH basis (56%), though over 20% of the respondents would like to keep the chargers free to use.

Most members are in favour of per kWh pricing, (331) would like to keep the cost per kWh at the average Irish home rate (49.9% of those in favour of per kWh billing) with €0.20/kWh and €0.30/kWh the next highest percentages.

Of those in favour of per minute pricing (139), most would like to keep the price at less than €0.20/minute.

Only 21.5% of the respondents are in favour of a flat session fee, around half of those (48.5%) would like the session fee to be less than €3 per session.

An overwhelming majority of respondents (90%) would like to see an overstay fee applied but the response to when this would be applied is very mixed. 1/3 appear to want a per minute fee from the start.

36% of those in favour of a overstay fee would like the price to be more than €0.50/minute.

84% do not want a connection fee to be applied.

In summary, based on the results of this survey, if fees are to be introduced for the use of ESB Ecars Fast Chargers in Ireland the majority of users would like to see per kWh billing at an average home energy rate, without a connection fee, but with some kind of overstay fee.

The summary results of individual questions can be seen on this document.

Thank you to all who took the time to answer this survey.

The Irish EV Owners Association Committee


New variant for the Volkswagen E-Golf

Whist Volkswagen has become the specialist of future EV models announcements, very little has happened in their current EV range that is unfortunately more focused on multiplying ICE SUVs.

 

The PHEVs VW are gone (Passat saloon and Estate GTE, Golf GTE) and the e-Up! (BEV) never made it here. But the e-Golf is still here, awaiting for the anticipated I.D. (orders are supposed to be open in 2019). VW has been selling the e-Golf since 2014, in very low numbers first, but with more interest from customers since 2018 and the battery upgrade (35.8 kWh), and now a new variant is in for 2019. It is called Executive Edition and sits on the top of the 2-model range. For €3.500 over the base model, it comes with a good list of extra equipments such as leather seats, upgraded alloys (17” instead of 16”), the very nice 12″ screen replacing the traditional analogue dials behind the steering wheel. It also features Key-less access, rear privacy windows, and a few more minor elements.

This Executive Edition is giving a better value for money than the base model, without becoming the deal of the century. You may note that the heat pump is still optional (€1,067)…  but fake exhaust tailpipe comes as standard on all e-Golf 🙂 There is a technology package available for just €499, including Parking sensors, automatic high beams, a “lights and vision” pack or folding exterior mirrors. That is a package you shouldn’t skip.

It is important to know that the bigger wheels will affect the drag and therefore the range but Volkswagen has rightfully decided to offer a free 16” wheels “downgrade” so that luxury can also rhyme with economy.

The e-Golf has never been a cheap BEV, but keep in mind that the smaller but more premium BMW i3 starts at a similar price (€35,760 with a 42 kWh battery and 310km WLTP range), and in the non premium world you have a better equipped Hyundai Kona Electric (€35,995) that offers a range of no less than 482km WLTP.

 

e-Golf : €35,995

e-Golf Executive Edition : €39.495

Range for the e-Golf and e-Golf Executive Edition with 16” wheels :  230km (WLTP)

Range for the e-Golf Executive Edition with 17” wheels : 217km (WLTP)

 

Find all the info you need on the Volswagen Ireland website

Photo credit : Volkswagen

 


Irish PHEVs Sales – November 2018

In November, 19 new PHEVs were sold. Not very significant but still representing 2.9% of the total market this moth. And 0.59% on the course of the year.

Used imports are still very strong, and dominated by the Outlander PHEV. 173 used PHEVs were imported last month.

 

 

 

 


Climate Action Fund announcement on EV charging network

This is the IEVOA statement related to today’s Climate Action fund announcement

“The IEVOA welcomes today’s announcement of the €10 million funding for ESB Ecars to develop a faster charging network (150kw vs 50kw currently), as part of the Climate Action Fund. This will continue to support the EV adoption growth, as the number of EV’s on the Irish roads are now reaching 7500, twice as many as just 1 year ago, with an even more substantial growth anticipated for 2019. This will therefore have to be backed up by further investments. Association members are eager for an expansion of a reliable charging network – particularly fast charging hubs, with multiple charging ports, offering increased availability, reliability, supported with high levels of maintenance. We look forward to further announcements.”

Contact : pro@irishevowners.ie

 


2019 BMW i3 120Ah – Better range and lower price!

BMW is now taking orders for the longer range 120Ah version of its i3 along with a few updates.

The 120Ah and it’s 42.2 kWh battery (37.9 kWh useable) replaces the 94Ah version that is no longer produced. Europe no longer has the possibility to order i3 with the range extender (Rex) and you now have just 2 versions available, the i3 and the more powerful i3s.  

Range is now 270 to 310 km WLTP (that is 345 to 359 km in NEDC terms) which translate to around 260 km of real life range, about 30% more than the 94Ah’s 33.2 kWh battery.

New features are now available such as full LED headlights, Wifi, wireless phone charger, or a new Loft interior (Atelier, Lodge and Suite interiors remain unchanged). The Jucaro beige interior pictured here replaces the Protonic Blue in the exterior colour range.

 

New Loft interior

Good news is that the price is more reasonable that previously with a starting price of € 35,760 after grants, that is €2,200 less than previously.

BMW i3 120Ah (170hp) : €35,760

BMW t3s 120Ah (184hp) : €39,060

 

Visit BMW Ireland website for more information

 


Irish PHEVs Sales – October 2018

The PHEV market is somehow more eventful than the BEVs one with 2 interesting elements:

First on the new car market, the new Outlander PHEV has now landed in dealerships with 10 registrations, making this car the best seller of the month (but just 9th year to date).

 

 

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And then the most remarkable event is the ever growing number of used imports. Where is it going to stop ? The very good supply of the UK market, low GBP/EUR exchange rate, affordable VRT and cheap road tax are making a PHEV import a no-brainer for many, and the word is obviously spreading. No less than 184 used PHEVs were imported last month. Keep in mind that just 224 PHEVs were imported for the whole 2017 year. This contrasts with the BEV imports that flucturated so far this year between 41 and 75 units per month.

Monthly sales of used import PHEVs, 2017 and 2018. Click on image for full-size view

 

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Irish BEVs Sales – October 2018

With the end of year approaching, new cars sales become less significant. In October 37 new BEVs were registered in Ireland, which is a 27.6% growth over the same period in 2017, and 2.14% market share.

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Used imports are growing 75.6% in October, bringing the total number of used BEVs imported this year to 600 (+54.2%).

This makes a grand total of 1811 BEVs (new and used) registered so far this year, and we could reach 2000 units by the end of the year

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Updates for the Renault Zoé range

As for other European countries, the Zoé range for Ireland is getting some updates for the 2019 year:

* The base Expression R90 is now getting the 40kWh battery in replacement of the 22kWh one. Price increase is €1,500

* The 2 higher trims (Dynamique and Signature) now benefit from the more powerful R110 motor instead of the R90 one. Price increase is €300

* The Q90 motor remains available, at a €1,500 premium over the R110. It is the only one that benefits from the 43kw fast AC capability. The R90 and R110 can charge at 22kw only.

 

Prices of the 2019 Renault Zoé:

Zoé R90 Expression €24,990

Zoé R110 Dynamique €27,790

Zoé R110 Signature €30,290

Zoé Q90 Dynamique €29,090

Zoé Q90 Signature €31,790

 

Source : Renault Ireland

Photo credit : Jan-Bart Spang


Irish PHEVs Sales – September 2018

45 new PHEVs were sold last month (1.41% of the total market), showing a progress of 45.2% over September 2017. At the top this month with 20 registrations, the BMW 530e is also leading the segment to date this year (140 sales), overtaking the Kia Niro PHEV (135 sales).

142 PHEVs were imported in September which is another record, as you can see on the graph below.

PHEV used imports evolution (2017-2018) Source : simi

 


BMW expands its BMW i brand operations in Ireland

BMW Ireland shows strong trust in BEVs and PHEVs market by expanding its BMW i sub brand to the totality of retailers.

BMW iX3 Concept Vision

  Up till now only 5 out of a total of 14 Irish BMW Centres were offering i3 and i8 sales and maintenance (Cork, Galway and Dublin). This will push the visibility of the i brand to other locations of the country and will prepare the ground for the Mini Electric and BMW iX3, launched around 2019/2020 (BMW has pledged to have 25 BEV/PHEVs by 2025 – vs 9 today). Paulo Alves, Managing Director of BMW Group Ireland said: “We were the first premium brand to make a clear commitment to electric mobility, we currently have the widest range with nine electrified vehicles and this will grow to 25 models by 2025. The expansion of BMW i operations and the significant financial investments by our Irish retail network is a clear commitment to meet the future demands of our customers”.

MINI Electric Concept

This is part of an impressive investment of €37 million and the creation of 120 new jobs in the retail network, over the next 18 months.

 

Source & images : BMW Ireland


Irish BEVs Sales – September 2018

With the WLTP rules now in place, a number of European countries see their new car sales dropping from this month of September, caused by important pre-WLTP stock registered as these cars had to be registered before the 1st September. The Irish market dropped 17.9% after being in positive territory in August. But BEVs are not concerned by these changes resulting sales still up 106.2 % compared to the same month last year. The Nissan Leaf is once again the star of the segment, and once again is part of the Irish top 10 with a 7th place ! The Renault Zoé is still doing well and catching up with the Hyundai Ioniq that has seen zero registration this month. BEV have represented 3.09% of the Irish car market, a new record !

Used imports are still progressing, 42.9% year over year, with the usual dominance of the Nissan Leaf.

 


Facelift : Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

The 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is finally landing in Ireland and here is what you should know:

  • The 2.0 petrol engine is replaced by a 2.4. It gains 14 hp and 21Nm of torque to 135 hp and 211 Nm.
  • The front and rear motors (1 per axle) are rated 82 and 95hp respectively (instead of 80 hp each)
  • 0-100kph is reached in 10.5 seconds vs 11.0 seconds before
  • Battery capacity goes from 12 kWh to 13.8 kWh : not great compared to BEVs but quite large for a PHEV, especially since it’s still the only one able to fast-ish charge on Chademo (22kw).
  • Range is stable at 54 km NEDC, or 45 km WLTP.

 

You may think the gains are not huge but the big news here is the price! Previously offered at € 49.900 in a single trim (similar to the 2019 “Instyle”) , it is now available in 3 versions, all very well equipped :

The base version “Intense” at € 39,900 includes reverse camera, infotainment with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, keyless entry, electric parking brake, dual-zone climate control and 18″ alloys.

The mid-trim “Instyle” costs € 43,900 and adds leather upholstery, multi-view cameras, full LED headlights, heated front seats and steering wheel, some driving aids such as adaptative cruise control, lane departure warning, high-beam assist. From this trim you also get an external 1500w power supply (Vehicle to Home), useful to save your home fridge/freezer content in case of power cut 🙂 .

A new version called “S-Edition” is now offered at € 47,500 and adds sunroof, premium sound system, power tailgate, specific shock absorbers, a specific and more sporty exterior looks and more driving aids such as lane change assist or blind spot warning.

The savings over the previous version are at around € 6,000 and you can now get an Outlander PHEV for the price of similarly equipped diesel version.

You can find the full specifications of the 2019 Outlander on Mitsubishi Motors website

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

 


Irish PHEV Sales – August 2018

Sales growth of new PHEVs is slowing down, but we are in August above 1% market share, and with the addition to BEVs, close to 4%! The Kia Niro is still leading the segment this month.

 

As for used imports, the growth is still very strong with another record month : 118 imports, with a majority of Mitsubishi Outlanders.

The total of PHEVs were registered in 184 this months, and with the addition of 241 BEVs are making a total of 425 more cars with sockets on our roads.

 

Kia Niro PHEV

 

Source : Simi