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.