Guillaume Séguin


New on the Market – Renault Master Z.E.33

The popular Renault Master van is now available in a fully electric variant, called Z.E.33.

As its name implies, it has a 33kWh battery pack (31kWh useable) and a 7.2kw AC charger. The exact same setup you can find onthe Kangoo Z.E.33.

The motor is just 76hp (you read well!) and the maximum speed is limited at 100 kph. You can immediately tell that this vehicle is focused for a local usage. As for the other Renault vehicles to date, there is no DC capability and this means you need a minimum of 5 hours to fully charge this van.

You can get the Master Z.E. as a panel van, from 8 till 17 cubic meters (3 lenghts, 2 heights), or on a platform cab, for all sorts of transformations. It can carry 1000 to 1100kg of cargo.

The range is 200km NEDC, which means somewhere between 100 and 150km in real life, depending on your load and driving style.

This van is available from €70.800 after grant, which seems quite disproportionate, but keep in mind that this vehicle is aimed at profesionals, who usually prefer to lease. Lease prices would have to be much more competitive. More information about the Master Z.E.33 is available on Renault website.

Renault Master Z.E.33 SL31 – €71,800

Renault Master Z.E.33 SM31 – €72,400

Renault Master Z.E.33 MM31 – €73,200

Renault Master Z.E.33 LM31 – €74,000

Renault Master Z.E.33 Platform ML31 – €70,700

Renault Master Z.E.33 Platform LL31 – €71,500

 

 


Irish PHEVs Sales – April 2019

Irish new PHEVs registrations are up 28.6% in April, to a market share of 1.11%, far behind the volumes BEVs are now achieving. The Kia E-Niro is still on top and the Range Rover Sport is still very strong with a total of 106 registrations so far this year, catching up on the BMW 530e (122 units to date). Numbers look relatively low but keep in mind that the luxury car segment is small. The PHEV variant actually represents over 60% of Range Rover Sport sales (and 52% of the “regular” Range Rover’s) !

See table below for full details.

 

 


Irish BEVs Sales – April 2019

A very good month of April for BEVs sales in Ireland: Registrations are up 108% to 296 units and an impressive 3.32% market share! This brings the total number of new BEVs registered to 1731 so far this year. The Hyundai Kona regains its first spot (for April and 2019 to date) with 125 units in April and 639 cumulated since the beginning of the year. The 3rd spot is now held by the Volkswagen E-golf, overtaking the Renault Zoé. The E-Niro is the one to keep a close look on, just 6 units registered so far, but it will be one of the top players, if the supply follows the demand.

See the table below for more details

Hyundai Kona Electric


Irish BEVs and PHEVs imports – March 2019

As for the past few months, there is a clear difference between BEVs and PHEVs imports trend.

BEVs imports are slowing down with just 54 cars registered in March whilst PHEVs are still heavily increasing (198 registrations). This is still due to the fact that the difference of market price between UK and Ireland is now thin when it comes to BEVs and that PHEVs value is decreasing in UK, making importing very interesting financially. Also, PHEVs have never been very popular in Ireland in the first place so finding your dream one will require widening your search geographically !

There is no change in the popularity of the models imported, see more details in the tables below:

 

 

 

 

Mercedes GLE 500e

 

 


Irish BEVs Sales – March 2019

In March the Irish BEV market grew 3-fold with 313 registrations, just below 2% market share. The Nissan Leaf gets its crown back for this month (and also year to date) with the short supplied Hyundai Kona Electric seeing registrations falling below 100 units. The 4 usual suspects (E-Golf, Zoé, Ioniq and i3) firghting for the 3rd place are far behind.

Kia E-Niro enters the Irish market

2 new models just entered the market : Audi E-Tron and Kia E-Niro with their first dealer registrations. The Audi E-Tron immediately outsold the Tesla Model X and the Jaguar I-Pace isn’t far ahead.

See the table below for detailed figures


Easygo’s fast charging network opens with a first location in Monaghan

Easygo first fast charger, located in Monaghan Town

Easygo has just commissionned its first fast charger, located at the Four Season Hotel in Monaghan town.

This is a the first competitor for ESB Ecars charging network, due to implement pricing for their fast charger sometimes this summer. A 3rd player, Ionity, is due to break ground soon at its first Irish location in Cashel, Co. Tipperary. The 4th network being Tesla’s, with 4 supercharger locations on the M1, M7, M8 and soon a 5th one on the M4… of course these are only accessible for Tesla cars.

This DC charger is a Veefil, from the Australian make Tritium, offering a classic 50kw of power, with 2 connectors : Chademo and CCS. Sorry Zoé drivers, no juice for you there !

From this Friday (15th March), billing will be implemented on this first fast charge point. It will cost you €0.35 per minute on top of a €0.24 connection fee for bill pay customers, or a €1.25 connection fee for pay as you go customer. Price per minute means winter charges will be more expensive than summer ones, depending on your car. On the other hand, this pricing structure will ensure that chargers will only be used to fast charge, and unlikely feature abandoned EVs trickle charging.

How much are you going to pay ? Here is a table with various charging scenarios. These are examples only, figures depend on your car, battery temperature, initial state of charge and how economical you drive. It can greatly vary so take this with a pinch of salt and most importantly be aware of the optimal charging speed of your vehicle.

 


Irish BEVs and PHEVs imports – February 2019

Used imports are heading into a different direction, depending on the type of EVs…

BEVs imports are actually decreasing compared to last year! A reason for that could be the resale value in the UK that remains much higher than in the past, making importing BEVs not as interesting as it used to be.

However the Irish market is still in lack on PHEVs, that sold in much higher volumes in the UK as new, justifying the important growth compared to 2018. See the tables below for the detail per model.

 

 

Mercedes C350e Estate

 

 


Tesla range : Important price drops

As with the rest of the world, the Telsa range is being simplified in Ireland, with important the price drops, alongside a simplified option list.

Model S

It now starts at €85,166 (vs €98,770 before for the 75D) in “Standard Range” with an increase of range (520 vs 490km NEDC). So we can assume that the pack is at around 80kWh of capacity useable.

The 100D is replaced by the “Long Range”, same range as before but a price drop of €35,000 to just €90,980 ! The difference of price with the Standard range is rather small now and makes the Long Range an affordable option. Finally the “Ludicrous Performance” (formerly P100D) is now at €105,282 (vs € 168,828 before).

 

Tesla Model S

Model X

The Model X 75D is now gone from the price-list. The X starts directly with the Long Range version (formerly 100D), at €96,096, which is still €25,000 less than the outgoing 75D! Finally the Ludicrous Performance is at €110,398, which is actually cheaper than the most expensive Jaguar I-pace. The Model X is now directly priced against not only the Jaguar but also the Audi E-tron.

Tesla Model X

Model 3

Prices for Ireland haven’t been released just yet. Based on the Model S/X prices and what we know of the Model 3 in other markets, we can expect a start price under €40.000 (after incentives) for the famous “$35,000” Standard Range model sold in the USA.

More information on Tesla Ireland website

Tesla Model 3


Irish PHEVs Sales – February 2019

February was another strong month for PHEVs sales in Ireland, with 171 registration and a market share above 1%. The Kia Niro and Mitsubishi Outlander and still strong, and note in 4th place the Range Rover Sport, now above the Volvo XC90 on the large SUV market.

Note that the BMW 330e and i3 Rex sales are now at zero. These models being discontinued, we can assume all stock has been registered. There might be a few left for sale if you really want one 🙂

 


Irish BEVs Sales – February 2019

New car sales are still down in Ireland in February (-12.77%) but BEVs registrations are still very dynamic at +358% and 330 units. BEVs market share is at 2.18%.

The Hyundai Kona is still leading, but how long for ? The Nissan Leaf is just behind. These are representing 2 thirds of the market, and the rest of models are quite far behind. The i3 and e-Golf have been performing relatively well last month, whereas the Zoé is disappointing despite its large battery and being the cheapest EV on the market.

 

 

 

 

 


Irish BEVs and PHEVs imports – January 2019

A total of 260 plug-ins (49 BEVs and 211 PHEVs) were imported into Ireland in January, up from 120 last year.

BEVs import are stable whilst PHEVs are more and more popular with a record number of registrations this month.

The Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi Outlander are respectively leading these 2 segments. Find below the usual tables, model per model.

 

29 Mercedes C350e were imported last month (+480%)

 

Irish BEVs Sales – January 2019

Irish PHEVs Sales – January 2019

 


Irish PHEVs Sales – January 2019

As with Full EVs, Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) sales are seriously growing in 2019 so far, with 301 registrations in January (109 for January 2018) and a market share of 0.93%.

The affordable Kia Niro PHEV is logically leading the segment this month, followed by the BMW 530e and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Note the arrival of the Land Rover brand in the PHEV market with the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport.

Most models sales are growing but note that the decrease in sales of the BMW 330e and i3 Rex is due to the fact that these are no longer produced (registrations are stock vehicles). The new 330e will be launched this summer.

The VW/Audi models are no longer on sale since the WLTP/Euro6c switch last year but the facelifted Passat should be launched at the end of 2019 and a GTE version will make a come back, with a bigger battery.

 

 

Land Rover Range Rover PHEV

 


Irish BEVs Sales – January 2019

BEVs sales are frankly growing for the month of January 2019 for the 191 plate change, with very impressive results from many models. 811 new BEVs were registered in January. The important part is that because sales of cars are going down (-12.5%) the market share of BEVs is at 2.51% of total registrations (vs just 0.98% for the whole 2018 year).

 

Hyundai Kona Electric

 

The Hyundai Kona and its large 64kWh battery pack is the best seller this month with an impressive 311 units. We know that unfortunately the supply of Kona will be limited (around 800 for the year) but it takes a lot to beat the Nissan Leaf, still impressive with 296 sales (+448%). Note that the Nissan Leaf was not fully launch in January 2018 (which was a bad month for BEV sales) so we should put the total growth in perspective. Next comes the Renault Zoé, with 77 sales (+413%), also is massive growth. 93 Zoé were sold for the whole year 2018 and around 150 for the 2014-2018 period. The Hyundai Ioniq (41 sales), BMW i3 (37 sales) and Volkswagen Golf (31 sales) are also growing substantially.

 

 


New on the Market – BMW 745e and 745Le xDrive (facelift)

The new BMW 7-series has just be presented to the public during the Detroit Motor show and is going to be launched in April in Ireland. It is a very extensive and quite bold facelift, including interesting powertrains developments.

The PHEV version is offered in 2 variants, a short wheelbase rear wheel drive, the 745e and the long wheelbase all wheel drive 745Le xDrive. Importantly these are getting a straight six in replacement of the four cylinder of the previous 740e. This means obviously better performance, with an impressive gain of 72hp to a total of 394hp (that’s 286hp for the petrol engine and 113hp for the electric motor). It will go from 0 to 100kph in 5.2 (745e) and 5.1 seconds (745Le xDrive).

The range is as for many other PHEVs somewhat limited, 50 to 58 km witch translates usually into 30 to 40 km of real life driving, depending on the season. It is an improvement over the original 740e thanks to a new 12kWh pack (precedently 9,2kWh).

 

Price wise, these PHEV variants are never cheap compared to your mid-size hatchback, but in comparison with the petrol and diesel variants of the 7-series, quite attractive !

The 745e is €7,400 cheaper than the 740i, despite 54 extra horsepower.

The 745Le xDrive is €8,820 cheaper than the 740Ld sDrive, also behind in terms of power (-74hp) and performance.

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BMW 745e : €100,510

BMW 745Le xDrive €109,410

 


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

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.