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The latest news from the IEVOA and other articles about EV’s.


Interview : meet Adam Nuzum, the youngest Irish EV owner

Guillaume/IEVOA : Hi Adam, you are 18 years old and -allegedly- the youngest EV owner in Ireland. Congratulations ! Is this your first car too ?

Adam : Yes as far as I am aware I am Ireland’s youngest EV (Electric Vehicle) owner! Yes the Renault Zoé is my first car and I am proud to say that I will never have owned an Internal Combustion Engine car!

Adam and his Zoé

Guillaume/IEVOA : When did you first learn about EVs or what was your first experience with EV ? Has anyone influenced you into getting into EVs ?

Adam : I was first introduced to the concept of an EV by my Dad Daniel Nuzum in January 2015 when he purchased his first EV which was also a Renault Zoé. I immediately fell in love with his new car and when I got my driving license a year later Zoé was the first car I drove. Ultimately it was my dad who influenced my decision to buy an EV.

Guillaume/IEVOA : You purchased a 2014 Zoé : Can you tell us why, and what are the costs to you, compared to a petrol/diesel car ? Was the insurance expensive ?

Adam : I purchased my 2014 Renault Zoé Dynamique Zen from Charles Hurst Renault in Newtownards, Co. Down. I was very happy with the customer service I received from Paul Regan at Charles Hurst and would highly recommend them. The team at Kearys, our local Renault dealer, were very helpful with local support in the process. The reason I chose to import from the U.K. is that used EV’s are considerably cheaper over there. Thanks to the free public charging with the ESB charging network my running costs are minimal. If I was to drive a Renault Clio which is of similar size to the Zoé I would be paying at least €80 a week for petrol going by the mileage I am doing (900/1000km a week). On a yearly basis it works out that my Zoé (including battery lease and servicing) costs about €1500 to run whereas the Clio would cost me closer to €5000. The Zoé, like all EVs also benefits from paying the lowest band of road tax of €120 a year.

Daniel and Adam’s Zoés : a happy family!

My insurance was quite expensive but purely because I am only 18 years old and this was my first insurance policy under my own. But in saying that my insurer, Zurich Insurance did take into account that my car was an  EV and reduced my premium slightly.

Guillaume/IEVOA :: Why did you choose a Zoé over say a Leaf, which remains the most popular EV in Ireland ?

Adam : Personally I chose the Renault Zoé over the Nissan Leaf because I think the Zoé is a younger more stylish looking car both inside and out. I love the white interior in particular and the way the dashboard is designed to look like the blade of a wind turbine. Overall I prefer the Zoé!

To summarise Ireland’s charging network it consists of approximately 1200 charge points nationally, approximately 800 of which are 22 KWH chargers.

Of all the EV’s available the Renault if best equipped for the ESB charge network. At a 22KW charger a regular Zoé with a 22KW battery (NOT THE Z.E 40) will charge too 100% from 0 in an hour where a 30KW Nissan Leaf would take 8 hours with its standard 3kw charger or 4 hours with its optional 6KW charger which is an extra option costing €900. Clearly the Zoé stands out as the better car when it comes to charging capabilities.

Adam’s granny owns a Leaf, which make them a 3-generation EV driving family! Isn’t that awesome ?

Overall there has been a 27% increase in European electric car sales recorded in may 2017!

https://evobsession.com/27-increase-european-electric-car-sales/

To date the Renault Zoé has been the most popular followed by the Nissan leaf and the BMW i3. Zoé having 12% market share, Leaf 9% and i3 8%.

Guillaume/IEVOA : In your opinion, how should the EV community convince more people into replacing their diesel/petrol cars for electric ones ?

Adam : Non EV drivers are always saying how difficult it is to drive long distances in an EV but I am well able to prove that this I purely a myth. I have owned my Zoe for just over 2 weeks now and I have already clocked up over 2500 kilometres. From September I will be working in Dublin and studying in Maynooth so I will be commuting to Dublin on a weekly basis easily doing 1000km a week.

Adam is participating to the 2017 IEVOA photographic rallye. More info here : http://www.irishevowners.ie/photographicrally2017/

I would advise anyone who works close to home or in a city to immediately switch to an EV. You will find that your annual motoring costs will decrease greatly. All EV’s are automatic which makes an them extremely easy and comfortable to drive. Due to the positioning of the batteries underneath the seats of the car this adds greatly to the handling of the car helping it to stick to ground nicely. Electric cars also have a lot of power compared to a similar sized Petrol/Diesel car which makes them great fun to drive!

“When electricity is clean it’s cheap and when it’s dirty its expensive” – Robert Llewellyn (host of Fully Charged youtube channel) In other words renewable energy is cheap and fossil fuels are expensive. So the better we are at generating electricity through wind, solar and hydro technology the cheaper it will be to run an EV when the ESB start imposing a charge for charging. This charge is said to be around €16 a month which is still nothing compared to the cost of petrol/diesel.

Guillaume/IEVOA : Any advice you can give to a young driver interested in purchasing an EV ?

Adam : I would advise young people and students to try and pick up a 2nd hand EV as your running costs are so low compared to a petrol/diesel car. I find that  I can budget much more accurately also as I know all my expenses are fixed due to the free charging. Even if you were to charge your car at home it would still only cost less than €10 a week.  www.electricautos.ie is also a great website for buying used EVs.

Guillaume/IEVOA : Thank you Adam for sharing this with us, we wish you lots of happy EV kilometers!

If you want to know more about the Renault Zoé : http://www.irishevowners.ie/the-renault-zoe-ze40-lands-in-ireland-and-yes-battery-is-now-included/

 


The Renault Zoe ZE40 lands in Ireland (and yes, battery is now included)

The new version of the Renault Zoé finally lands in Ireland with a major surprise : goodbye battery rental and welcome 400km (NEDC) range !

 

Zoé Dynamique Nav in Zircon Blue (€640 option)

 

It seems like Renault wants to copy the successful Nissan model. Like all the other EVs in Ireland, the Nissan Leaf is exclusively sold with the battery included whereas some other countries are giving the choice for the customer to rent it. The uncertainty battery’s lifespan is progressively vanishing (especially in our mild country) and owners trust more and more battery technology, making the purchase of a battery less scary.

So no more battery rental with the Zoé. You either buy the whole car, or you consider a leasing/PCP option.

An important thing to know is that the updated Zoé now comes with the R90 engine : R is for rapid and it means that the Zoé will charge at a speed of 22kw. This will suit most Irish owners as hundreeds of standard chargers are present on the island, you know that big green boxy one you find in most towns. The Q90 engine (that was previously the only available choice) now comes as an option (Price TBD) on Dynamique Nav and Signature Nav, and can charge at 43kw on FastAC equipped FCPs. R90 might remain a better option for many as the onboard charger is more efficient than the Q90’s at lower charging speeds (ie at home) with less losses.

22kw public charger

The range is now made of 3 versions with the classic Renault names : base Expression Nav, mid-range Dynamique Nav and the more luxurious Signature Nav

The Zoé Expression Nav is now offered at €23.490, which is a €6.000 increase compared to the battery-leased Zoé you could purchase till now. The increase is exclusively due to the cost of the battery (the difference in UK being GBP 5.000 between a model with leased battery and a model with owned battery.

Equipment remains very comprehensive for the segment : Climate control, cruise control, R-Link navigation system, heat pump. It keeps the original 22kwh battery.

Zoé Expression Nav in Zircon Blue

 

The Dynamique Nav is the popular choice : for an extra €4.000 it adds 16” Alloys, automatic lights and wipers, hands-free card, a darker interior, rear electric windows, parking sensors, and most importantly the 40kwh battery allowing 400km NEDC range ! (meaning closer to 300km in real life conditions)

Zoé Dynamique Nav in Mars Red

 

Zoe Dynamique Nav interior

 

Finally the Signature Nav will appeal to owners wishing a Premium touch to their Zoé : Bose sound system with subwoofer in the boot, leather upholstery with heated front seats,  reverse camera, for € 2500 over the Dynamique Nav, ie € 29.990 before delivery charges.

Zoé Signature Nav in Ytrium Grey, colour only available with this trim

The 40kwh battery allows the Zoé to be the first “non-Tesla EV” able to go from Dublin to Cork without stopping (at moderate speeds!). This is a major breakthrough and the fact that it came from one of the cheapest EVs on the market is quite remarkable. 400km NEDC means 300km in real life conditions, which is twice as much as the popular Leaf.

How long does it take to charge ? Here is a handy table that will answer this question.

Model Maximum charging speed Time to charge on Fast AC fast charger (0 to 80%) Time to charge on a 22kw Standard Charger (0 to 100%) Time to charge on a 3kw home charger (0 to 100%)
R90 with 22kwh battery (Expression Nav) 22 kw 1 hour 1 hour  8 hours
R90 with 40kwh battery (Dynamique Nav and Signature Nav) 22 kw 2 hours  2 hours   14 hours
Q90 with 40kwh battery (option on Dynamique Nav and Signature Nav 43 kw 65 minutes   2 hours    14 hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You now have the most important elements helping you to pick the right Zoé, if you have more questions, why not asking on our facebook page where a number of Zoé owners can guide you?

You can now get around the ring of Kerry twice, before running out of juice!

 


Oireachtas Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment

On Tuesday the 20th of June the Irish EV Owners Association committee was invited to attend the Oireachtas Meeting of the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment. The committee was represented by chairman Frank Barr and secretary Dave McCabe. Michael Sherlock (Treasurer), Jan-Bart Spang (Webmaster) and Joe McCarthy were present in the public gallery. 

Watch the full video of the meeting below. The committee opening statement is at 59 minutes, 30 seconds with further statements throughout the question session after.


Green Party EV Survey

Calling Irish EV owners!

The Green Party is seeking data on Electric Vehicles in Ireland and has compiled a survey to review EV use in Ireland. Your responses will provide data for them to press the government for better infrastructure for EV owners nationwide. We would be very grateful if you could fill out this 10 question survey which should take about 5 minutes to complete. If you have any queries, please contact the Green Party office at info@greenparty.ie.

Thank you for your help.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZZ7XTCR


Renault Zoe Owners Club break new record for charity

 

 
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Craig and Jan-Bart, owners of the Renault Zoe and proud members of the Renault Zoe Owners Club, recently set out to make history in the Renault Zoe 22kw. The mission was to travel further than two people ever have in a Zoe and in turn raise money for Myton Hospice in Warwick, UK. Their phenomenal efforts saw them travel half way across Europe, arriving in Austria, and breaking the record for the longest distance ever travelled in a Renault Zoe 22kw without stopping for anything other than charging.

THE JOURNEY THAT MADE HISTORY

The journey covered six countries including England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and finally arriving at their target destination, Austria, and they stopped at 19 different charging stations on the way. The colossal journey for the small Renault Zoe was expected to take a total 41 hours, 30 minutes, however the good fortune of the drivers saw them fly around Europe much faster than expected. Leaving on Thursday 26th May at 00:30, their incredible journey came to a conclusion when they arrived in Austria the next day at 10:30am, an incredible 32 hours of constant driving!

Not only did Craig and Jan-Bart beat their expected time by an impressive 9 hours 30 minutes, they also made history. The journey set a new standard for the Renault Zoe and their trip covered a whopping 927 miles. This incredible feat is now the furthest distance two people have ever covered in a Renault Zoe in one driving spell, with only charging stops included. Their efforts have proven that incredible achievements can be accomplished when you’re motivated to do something for a good cause.

THE RENAULT ZOE’S PERFORMANCE

The impressive distance by the two gentlemen goes to show the capabilities of the Renault Zoe. A small, compact fully electric vehicle capable of travelling halfway around Europe with ease. The total 927 miles covered made an average of 48.3 miles before each stop, resulting in 19 stops in total. Not only did the Zoe achieve impressive distances per stop and in total, the battery never exceeded 30 degrees, showing the impressive cooling of the battery. A great achievement and a great testimony to the capabilities of the Zoe.

Renault Zoe

A WARM WELCOME

When the two drivers arrived in Austria, they visited the Austrian Zoe Owners Club and the Treffen 2017, a large electric vehicle event. During their brief stay, they were “treated like royalty” when they arrived and awarded an honorary membership to the Renault Zoe Club for life. Not only were they greeted with a warm welcome, they also raised another £600 for Myton Hospice. Their warm welcome and incredible support helped them relax and enjoy their achievements before their journey home.

In total, an incredible £1,800 was raised for Myton Hospice, and that is only so far! They far surpassed their target of £1,000 and the money raised will make a huge difference for the hospice. This incredible achievement continues to impress people everywhere and as their story spreads, there may even be more money raised for their chosen hospice yet. Two strangers with a common interest in the Renault Zoe have proven that people can join together to achieve incredible things, travel incredible distances and set new records, all in the name of charity.

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We can now buy Teslas! But how much is the “Irish premium” ?

Good news, Tesla cars (Model S and Model X) are now officially available in Ireland

See for yourselves here

 

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Tesla Model S

The models are the same as anywhere else in Europe, range is just as developed which is not always the case with other brands. So we can be happy about it !

One difference though, there is no lease option (for now at least).

Prices are starting at € 81,526 (On the road) for a Model S 60, with 400km range (NEDC) all the way till € 169,762 for a Model X P100D (542km of NEDC range). The Tesla with the longest range is the Model S P100D, with 613km NEDC. It starts at € 167,254 on the road. Plenty of options are available to spice up your final bill to over € 200,000 if you wish !

 

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Select a few options and here is your € 210,000 Model X !

 

There is an urban legend that says that we are paying for an Irish premium but is this true ? Let’s do a quick comparison with France to see if we are really paying more.

Model (Country)  Model S 60 (Ireland)  Model S 60 (France)  Model X P100D (Ireland) Model X P100D (France)
Ex VAT  € 65,317  € 64,700  € 128,244  € 129,033
VAT € 15,023 (23%) € 1,2940 (20%)  € 29,496 (23%)  € 2,5807 (20%)
VRT (incl grant) € 6,186  € 17,022
Grants € 5,000 (SEAI) € 6,300  € 5,000 (SEAI)  € 6,300
OTR price € 81,526  € 71,340  € 169,762  € 148,540

Is Tesla greedy ? Not more than anywhere else ! The grants are actually generous (€ 10,000) : it’s just the VAT and VRT that are excessive to start with.

On the option list, we can actually see that the prices are similar of even slightly lower than in other countries : this means the ex-vat price is lower in Ireland that France, UK or Germany.

Now it is time to start saving, awaiting for the first Irish Tesla store to open in 2017, with 4 or 5 superchargers also anticipated.

 

Tesla Model X

Tesla Model X

 


Shape the future of EVs in Ireland – CER Consultation

     *** Important message to IEVOA members ***

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Hello All,
We are asking for your views on the future of the charging infrastructure.  Below is a guide on the Commission for Energy Regulation’s consultation documents. Your ideas and thoughts on these would be most welcome to shape IEVOA’s submission. But do not limit yourself, please also submit your personal opinion through the consultation process. 
 
Click here to see the Briefing note : IEVOA-CER-briefing-note
Please send your input to the IEVOA by 15th Nov. to admin@irishevowners.ie 
The deadline for personal submissions to the CER is 25th November.

[Paris Motor Show] 2017 Renault Zoe 41kwh : what we do know today

One of the major announcements of the Paris Motor show is the presentation of updated Renault Zoé

The main improvement is the increased capacity of the battery. It goes from 22kwh to 41kwh (usable). Consequently the range is improving to 400 km NEDC, or 300km real life. Yes, Cork-Dublin or Galway-Wexford in one charge is now possible, without having to spend over €100.000 in a Tesla ! -that is of course if your bladder can handle it-

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Zoé Swiss Edition (Or Bose ?)

Based on the information leaked on the Renault’s Dutch media website:

  • The base model R90 Entry (ex Life R240) sees its price increasing by €500, but the motor is beeing detuned (77hp instead of 88hp). Same 22kwh battery pack. We don’t know if the equipment level is different from the one of the Life trim.
  • The Zoé Life and Intens are €3,000 more expensive than the previous model and keeps the 88hp motor but with the new 41kwh battery.
  • The 43kw charging option, aka Q90 (ex Q210), is still available but now 700€ more expensive than the R90 (ex R240). It used to be just €500 extra.
  • There is a new trim, Bose, available with both Q90 and R90, €2,800 more expensive than the Intens. Considering the difference of price, we can expect 17” alloy wheels, leather, heated seats, Bose sound systems. These equipments could be found on The Zoé Swiss Edition (limited production for the Swiss market only) for CHF2,700 more than the Intens.
  • You can now purchase the battery ! The price in the Dutch market is €7,900 which is not really cheap but if Renault Ireland wants to sell the Zoé, I’m sure they will make it cheaper.

 

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Zoé Swiss Edition and its brown leather interior

 

Based on this data, we can expect this updated Zoé to be sold in Ireland from around €18,000 without batteries and from around €25,000 with batteries included. As much as attractive the 41kwh battery is, Renault will have to make an effort on price and promotion of this car as this price is a bit hefty for a supermini. Unless you don’t need that much range ?


2016 Paris Motor Show : Which BEV novelties will make their way to Ireland ?

With the 2016 Paris Motor show’s doors opening in a few days, let’s see what models we can expect to see on sale soon.

 

Hyundai Ioniq. This is official for Ireland and we are now waiting to know how much it will cost ! The 28kwh battery already seems like a good offer for 2016 EV market… but maybe already outdated compared to some 2017 models !

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The Hyundai Ioniq range

Nissan Micra (or Juke) Rex. Nissan wants to stay in the race : it seems like the Leaf2 is not ready for at least another year. In the meantime Micra and Juke are due for renewal, and we know Nissan is developing a Ranger extending technology soon to be on the market. One fact we have : the next Micra will be built in Renault’s Flins factory in France … on the same production line as the Zoé’s. It is pretty safe to say that the small Nissan will not only have ICE engines. EV ? EV with Rex ? both ?

Renault Zoé 40kwh. This is rumoured to be launched early next year ; Renault’s Zoé would get a very impressive range of 500km NEDC, thanks to a 40kwh (usable) pack. This would make by far the “best range for your money” EV of the market. We can expect a new top trim (inspired from the Swiss Edition version, see www.renault.ch for details) with leather, bose sound system and much loved heated seats. A performance version could also be in the works.

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Renault Zoé

Tesla S and X, officially imported ? No news yet from Tesla, but they should open soon their operations in Ireland. Tesla will attend the Paris Motor Show.

VW E-Golf 34kwh : A battery upgrade is expected for the E-Golf soon. A very anticipated concept car will be revealed as well.

Not for us ! The very anticipated Opel Opel Ampera-e will be launched only next year but we’ll be able to see it in the Paris motor show. The 60kwh battery pack should allow a class leading range (possibly 500km NEDC). Unfortunately no right-hand drive version is planned so we’ll only see these during our trips to mainland! Same for the Smart Fortwo and Forfour ED, both equipped with a 17.6kwh battery pack (160km NEDC range) and a Zoé motor : There will be a RHD version … bur since the Smart brand isn’t distributed in Ireland, you’ll have to import one from the UK. A Ford Focus Electric has started to be sold in Europe this year, in very small number. It might get a 34kwh battery pack soon and be sold in more countries.

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Smart Fortwo ED, Forfour ED and Fortwo Cabrio ED

On Thursday 28th, the press-only days of the Paris motor show will allow us to confirm these models, if more is coming, and the numerous PHEV versions that will complete this list.


Irish PHEV Sales – July 2016 : BMW dominates

68 PHEVs (58 petrol and 10 diesel) were sold in July in Ireland, which is a 200+% progress over the 21 units sold in July last year.

This Month BMW has registered no less than 44 PHEVs : i3 Rex, X5, 225Xe and most importantly 33 units of the new 330e. This 330e is helped by its very attractive price (from just over 40.000 euro) and if the BMW network wants to sell this over petrol/diesels, we can see a very bright future for this version.

Find below the complete list of PHEV sales for July (petrol in bold, diesel in italic).

 

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BMW 330e

 

 

Rank Model Sales (July 2016)
1. BMW 330e 33
2. BMW i3 (Range Extender) 8
Volvo V60 D6 AWD 8
4. Volvo XC90 T8 AWD 5
5. VW Golf GTE 3
6. VW Passat GTE 2
  BMW 225xe Active Tourer 2
Audi Q7 e-Tron 2
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 2
10. BMW X5 xDrive 40e 1
Audi A3 e-Tron 1
Porsche Panamera 1
  Total July 2016  68

 

 

 

 

Source : Simi


Irish EV Sales – July 2016 : -35% : what is going on ?

In a blooming car market that is getting at pre-recession levels, EV sales are now falling (-35%) compared to July last year.

Our market is obviously very exposed to the Nissan Leaf, the main seller of the segment. The Leaf is now 6 years old and like any 6 years old cars it is now less attractive despite the 30kwh option that appeared at the beginning of the year. It is possible that some potential buyers are waiting either for the Hyndai Ioniq or for the next-generation Leaf.

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55 pure EVs were sold in July, made of 54 Nissan Leaf and 1 BMW i3.

Here are the sales for the January to July period :

Rank Model  2016 sales (January-July) 2015 sales (January-July)  Evolution 2016/2015
1. Nissan Leaf 312 350  -10.8%
2. Renault Zoé 13 26  -50%
3. BMW i3 (EV) 8 12  -33.3%
4. Tesla Model S 6 2  +200%
5. VW E-Golf 0 4  -100%
 Other 2 4
 Total 341 398  -14.3%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Simi


Hyundai Ioniq : A new EV for Ireland in October

The Hyundai Ioniq is the new “green car” of the popular Korean brand.

It will be launched in Ireland in these 3 distinctive forms:

  • As a classic Hybrid, to compete with cars like the Toyota Prius and Auris
  • As a 100% Electric model, with a 28kwh battery pack that we can’t wait to compare with the Leaf
  • And finally as a Plug-in Hybrid variant which would land on a new “popular PHEV” segment (the VW Golf GTE, Audi A3 E-tron and BMW i3 being positioned on a more premium segment)
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From left to right: Ioniq Hybrid, Electric and Plug In

 

The 2 first variants are due in mid-October, and the latter early 2017

Pricing will be announced later during the year, but we can expect the hybrid version to be positioned below the Prius, and hopefully at the level of the Auris Hybrid. As for the 100% Electric variant, it will depend if Hyundai wants to become a A player in the segment and compete with the well priced Leaf or not. Stay tuned !

 


2016 Leaf : which one should you get ?

The Nissan Leaf is one of the most obvious options for the Irish buyer when it comes to getting a brand new EV. During the first 6 months of 2016, the Leaf represented nearly 90% of total EV sales in Ireland. There are 3 trims (XE, SV, SVE), 2 battery choices (24 and 30kwh) and several colours and options to choose from. Let’s take a closer look.

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Leaf SVE

XE, SV or SVE ?

XE: This is the base Leaf, that has the benefit of being €2,500 cheaper than the next variant. No alloys, Satellite Navigation or Connected system, but you still get 4 electric windows, air conditioning, CD player with jack, USB and Bluetooth. Nothing major is missing except the heat pump. This improves your winter range a lot as it is a much more efficient heating system. Still, at €21,490, that’s a lot of car for the money compared to a similar petrol/diesel model.

SV: From €23.990. This model will give you 16″ alloys, climate control, satellite navigation with Nissan Connect EV, cruise control with speed limiter, automatic lights and wipers and reverse camera. If you don’t like a black interior, this is the only trim you can get with light grey seats and dashboard. The interior feels much more bright than on the XE and SVE. SV can be purchased with a black interior as well.

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SV with a grey interior

SVE: This trim is €2,400 more expensive than the SV and has all the fancy bits you’ve dreamt of. It adds a very nice leather upholstery, heated steering wheel and seats (front AND rear!). There are very pretty 17″ wheels that gives a sporty look to the car. You will love the 4 cameras that give you a a top view of the car on your monitor. Very handy when parking! There is also a Bose sound system, but the difference with the regular stereo isn’t huge and it adds a subwoofer in the boot that will limit its capacity. Finally the LED headlights (low-beams only) are in my opinion the most useful equipment of this version, as it provides a really good view of the road by night, almost as good as high-beams! Really recommended if you drive a lot by night.

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SVE’s Bose subwoofer

24 or 30kwh ?

The 24kwh version range is 199km (NEDC) and the 30kwh is 250km (NEDC)(optional on SV and SVE trims only). In real life, the 24 will give you between 100 and 150km, and the 30 between 130 and 180km, depending on the weather, your driving style, etc. The €3,000 difference isn’t nothing, so you might want to think twice before making a decision. If the car is going to be a commuter, the 24 may be enough, but if this is your main car and will do long distances as well, do not hesitate and go for the 30. It will give you that extra peace of mind that can transform your journey from challenging to very pleasant! Check PCP options as well as the difference might be little between both versions. Also a 30kwh will give you an edge when in a few years you will sell your Leaf in a world where 48 or 60kwh batteries will become the standard!

 

3.3 or 6.6kw onboard charger ?

The 6.6kw charger option is available across the range for €900. Again it all depends on your use as it’s not a cheap option. If you have a 32amp home installation, combined with the 6.6kw charger option you can charge your Leaf in 4 to 5 hours. Double this time if you have a 3.3kw charger or a 16amp home installation. Note that most ESB street charging points are 22kw so you can make the most of your 6.6kw onboard charger as well.

 

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22kw ESB street charger

All Leafs have a fast charging port (Chademo) as standard, allowing you to charge from empty to 80% in around 30 minutes.

 

Any other option ?

The cold pack (€300 on SV) that includes 4 heated seats, steering wheel and door mirrors is very useful in winter, and the price is reasonable, so something that is definitively worth considering. Whereas the solar panel (€300) is a bit of a gadget as it is tiny and only helps charge the 12v battery. There is also Nissan Connect EV available for €750 on the XE (standard on SV/SVE) and metallic paint at €550.

 

Conclusion

Just be aware of the limited XE range in winter as it is affected by the lack of heat pump (and no 30kwh option for this variant). All versions are interesting and there is no real weak version in the Leaf catalogue.

 

 

Photo credit : Nissan


Annual General Meeting 2016

The Irish EV Owners Association AGM will be held on Saturday April 23rd at Noon at Nissan HQ Park West Business Park, Nangor Road, Dublin 12.

Teas and snacks will be provided. (Thank You Nissan!)

All attendants can join or renew their membership and changes to the Constitution ratified by members at this time.

Please register attendance using the link below!

See you there!

http://doodle.com/poll/ygxw7pztvrf25ud9


Public statement on the ESB eCars charging announcement

Following concerns voiced by members, the full Committee of the Irish EV Owners Association has met to discuss the implications of the ESB eCars charging announcement. After discussing it at great length, taking on board all suggestions of price plans given to us on our Facebook page and by our members via email, we have arrived at the following consensus:

SuperCharger
€40 per month or €460 per pre-paid year.
Unlimited charging at SCP & FCP

Electric Avenue
€10 per month
€0.20 per kWh

Sparks
SCP €0.50 initialisation fee .25¢ per kWh
FCP €1 initialisation fee €0.25 kWh

Members of the IEVOA Committee will present these at a meeting with ESB eCars soon.


Mizen Head to Malin head (and back!) in an Electric car, in less than 24 hours !

Read all about how the challenge went here -> EV adventurers battle the storms

Our challenge ? Driving from Mizen Head to Malin head and back in less than 24 hours in an Electric car on the 14-15th NovemberA total distance of over 1300km.

Why ? We want to promote Electric Vehicle (EV) driving/ownership in Ireland, and show that you can drive long distances in an EV.

Who are we ? Jan-Bart Spang and Guillaume Seguin, committee members of the Irish EV Owners Association. We both have EVs; Jan-Bart a Renault Zoé and Guillaume a Nissan Leaf. As well as driving them daily, we also have experience on long trips as we have both carried out international trips in our electric cars.

EVs are suitable to most drivers … they just don’t know they are! Most common preconceptions or concerns are lack of range, and charging network availability. We would like to show that an EV can easily be driven around the country, in a timely manner.

The car. A 2014 Renault Zoe.

The approximate route

 

We will drive a Renault Zoé, from Mizen Head to Malin Head through the east and back through the west coast. We will show that the charging network works along motorways but also on N roads and in the west. We will invite anyone who is curious of EV technology and ownership to meet up at our “Chat and Charge impromptus, while the car is charging.

Please see below our approximate stop times (we will give live update on twitter/facebook)

Saturday :

10:00 Start at Mizen Head

11.50 to 12.05 in Hernons Great Gas, Bypass Road, Bandon, County Cork

12.30 to 13.00 in Topaz Frankfield Service Station, Frankfield Road, Douglas, County Cork

14.00 to 14.15 in Topaz, M8 Junction 8 (R692), Wallers Lot, Cashel, County Tipperary

14.45 to 15.15 in Topaz, M8 @Junction 3 (R433), Ballacolla, County Laois

16.35 to 17.10 in Topaz, Corballis Road North, Dublin Airport, County Dublin

17.50 to 18.20 in Applegreen Castlebellingham, M1 (Northbound, between Junctions 15 & 16), Castlebellingham, County Louth

19.20 to 19.50 in Donnelly’s Garage, 57 Moy Road, BT71 7DT Dungannon, Tyrone

20.20 to 20.30 in Jamsie’s Garage, 31B Glenshane Road, Maghera, BT46 5JZ Derry

21.15 to 21.40 in Maxol , Glendermot Road, Waterside, Londonderry, BT47 6BG Derry

22:00 Arrival at Malin Head

23.40 to 00.05 in Maxol , Glendermot Road, Waterside, Londonderry, BT47 6BG Derry


Sunday :

1.15 to 1.30 in Kee’s Esso Service Station, N15/R232 Junction, Laghey, County Donegal

2.00 to 2.10 in Texaco Londis Service Station, Sligo Road, Grange, County Sligo

3.30 to 3.55 in McHugh’s Texaco Service Station, Galway Road, Ballindine, County Mayo

5.25 to 5.55 in Topaz Service Station, Airport Road, Tullyvaragh, Shannon, County Clare

7.00 to 7.30 in Irish Rail Mallow Station, Limerick Road, Mallow, County Cork

8.25 to 8.50 in Hernons Great Gas, Bypass Road, Bandon, Cork

10:00 Finish at Mizen Head

 

During our trip, you can follow us on Twitter:

#EVm2m #ChatAndCharge @lovrenault @janbartspang

 

Also, we’ll post update on the Irish EV Owners Association Facebook Page

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Update on EV infrastructure & Operations by ESB Ecars

Following a recent meeting of the committee with ESB Ecars we are able to provide the following update on the EV Infrastructure & Operations.

  • FCPs are to be installed in Limerick, Waterford, Mallow, Castlebar, Tralee, Cavan, Drogheda, Lucan, M11 new Gorey Service station, Clonshaugh (Dublin), Omni Park (Dublin)
  • There are 220 public parking spaces for charging in total. Painting of Parking spaces to be done next: Wicklow, Westmeath, Mayo and Dublin City Council. Dublin City Council.
    • Talks going on with Dublin City Council at the moment the budget is there to paint parking spaces but there are issues with the zoning of the charge point locations.
    • Bray and Wicklow will be painted soon as a result of the IEVOA committee’s work with Wicklow County Council.
  • The problem of the defraying of the FCP cables is being looked into by the manufacturers.