We’re getting into the quiet part of the semester, but BEVs sales are still significantly up year on year, by 95.5% . The Hyundai Kona is still at the top this month, and still leads 2019 with a total of 715 vehicles on the road vs 644 Leafs.
No surprise in the rest of this month registrations. A few more e-Niro have been registered (still no e-Soul) whereas just 2 Tesla were sold. The first model 3s might be delivered in June (July at the latest) and we can hope to some positive changes for the American brand, and for Kia.
It is finally here. The most anticipated EV of all times is now available in Ireland, 3 years after being revealed to the public. As with the UK, just 2 versions are available for now, with prices starting from €48,900 : Standard Range Plus (SR+) and Performance. The Long Range (LR) will probably come later.
The Standard Range Plus (SR+) is rear wheel drive, and has a pack of approximatively 55kWh useable. Combined with an excellent efficiency, it can acheive 415km on the WLTP cycle.
Standard equipment is the same as the rest of Europe with Standard Audio and navigation, 18 inch Aero wheels, glass roof, Autopilot (which isn’t one). Black is the only no-cost colour, and you can get Blue, Grey (€1,100 for either) , Pearl whilte (€1,600) or Red (€2,200) as well. You can pay €5,400 for “Full Self-Driving Capability“, or €1,100 for the trailer hitch (towing capacity : 910kg). The 19 inch Sport wheels or the Black and White interior are unfortunately not yet available on RHD markets.
At the top of the range, the Performance model is 4wheel drive and you can spot it by the wording “Dual motor” underlined on the bootlid, a carbon fiber spoiler on the top of it and a 10mm lower suspension, sitting on bigger 20 inches wheels. It has a 74kWh (useable) battery pack for a range of 530km WLTP. Compared to the SR+, it also adds navigation with traffic information, a better sound system, in-car streaming or an internet browser. It is available from €60,700 and options remain the same as on the SR+, bar the tow hitch, unavailable on this variant.
These are some of the EVs we can expect to see on our roads within the next 12 months. There is a lot going on, and it only covers BEVs, not PHEVs.
We can expect 400km WLTP range for this other premium SUV. It should however be smaller than the Audi E-tron, Mercedes EQC and Jaguar i-Pace. Cheaper too ?
DS 3 Crossback e-tense
PSA’s premium brand will have its first EV, and it will also be the first small premium electric SUV in Europe. It will have the same powertrain as the Peugeot e-208 (50kWh battery, 136hp motor, 11kw AC charging), with added luxury.
Coming in Autumn 2019, don’t expect it below €40,000
The 95% ready version has been presented in 2019 Geneva motor show. The WLTP range is only around 200km but this also means the car should be lighter and could be cheaper than the other supermini (Zoé, e-208). It innovates with 3 very large screens and cameras instead of wing mirrors.
Pre-orders are now open and deliveries will start late 2019 in Japan, and hopefully early 2020 in Europe.
Hyundai Ioniq facelift
With a power increase and a bigger battery (38,3kWh instead of 28kWh), the Ioniq will no longer be the EV with the smallest battery around. It should still be one of the most efficient EVs around, however if it charges like the e-Niro and Kona equipped with that powertrain/battery ensemble, it might disapoint current Ioniq Electric users, used to really fast charges till 77%, this one will slow down its charge way before that.
Kia E-Niro and Soul EV
The Korean company expects around 150 EVs to be bought in 2019 – e-Niros and new e-Soul. That is scheduled to spiral the year after to around 500.
Mini hatch Cooper S E
It is expected to have the 184hp motor of the BMW i3s, and should be really fun to drive! Unfortunately since it wasn’t thought from the ground up as an EV, the Mini Cooper S E will only get a 33kWh battery. It should arrive by the end of 2019.
Nissan Leaf e-plus
62kWh battery, 100kW Chademo charging, 214hp but still passively cooled battery, it is almost ready to be launched, but in limited volumes so don’t wait too long before ordering one or you might wait till 2020. Expect a €6000 premium over the 40kWh version, for a price of around €36.000 for the SV Premium, and under €40.000 for the luxurious SVE.
Opel will come into the EV game with a very good EV on paper : 50kWh battery, 136hp, 100kW CCS charging and a 7 to 11kW onboard charger. This will allow a WLTP range of 330km. It will be presented to the public in September in the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Technically similar to the Opel e-Corsa, it will also have the 50kWh battery and 7 to 11kW AC and 100kW CCS charging. It will be launched in Autumn, at the same time as the ICE versions, and we can hope for the first Irish registrations early 2020.
Renault is very discreet about the replacement of the Zoé, the best selling EV in Europe so far this year, but this should be considerably improved over the outgoing model. It will be like for the 2018 Nissan Leaf a major facelift, and the battery pack should be bigger to 50kWh with 100kw CCS charging like the Peugeot e-208 and the Corsa-e. But it will keep its much more powerful 22kW onboard charger, allowing to recharge in hundreeds of Irish locations in just over 2 hours, something still unique on the market. Presentation for Frankfurt Motor Show (September) and should be on the roads very quickly after that.
Skoda CityGo e-iv (and sisters Vw e-up and Seat miii)
The e-up will no longer be the only VW group triplet to be electrified. The battery pack size is 36.8kWh, much more than the 18kWh of the original one. With 265km WLTP, 210Nm of torque and 82hp, it could be Ireland’s cheapest EV, if the VW group decides to import it, unlike the original e-up. If yes, you can expect it early 2020.
Tesla Model 3
You probably know everything already about the Tesla Model 3. We are just missing the prices… expected from around €48.000 in Standard Range Plus trim.
Volswagen i.d. 3
Pre-reservation started in May, but presentation of the production
version will be in Frankfurt Motor Show (September). Expect the first
i.d.3 to arrive in Ireland for the summer 2020.
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.
A total of 249 EVs (41 BEVs and 208 PHEVs) were imported in April into Ireland. BEVs imports are still relatively low whereas PHEVs are progressing. This brings the total number of imports to 990 so far this year.
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) !
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.
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:
PHEV sales are still on the rise though at a slower pace now with 144 new registrations last month. Note that the Volvo S90T8 is 4th in March, outselling the BMW 530e. The Range Rover Sport is now 3rd to date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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 Konaand 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.
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.