Monthly archives: January 2020


The 10 best selling Irish PHEVs of 2019 (new car sales)

Here are the best selling Plug-in hybrids for 2019, in Ireland. 26 different PHEVs were available at some point on the market in 2019, actually the same number as in 2018. Half of the models sold 10 or less units in 2019 which shows that it is still a niche market, mostly occupied by premium manufacturers. You will find down below the number of 2019 registrations, and evolution compared to 2018.

  1. Kia Niro PHEV – 427 units (2018 : 136) – It is logically leading the market, as it is the most affordable PHEV, whist being the only non-premium family SUV available. Ticking all the boxes and looking to pursure its lead for 2020.
Kia Niro PHEV

2. Mitsubishi Outlander – 201 units (2018 : 26) – Thanks to a base price reduction, sales of the facelited Outlander really took off in 2019 (+673%)

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

3. Land Rover Range Rover Sport – 172 units (2018: 7 ) – 66% of Range Rover Sports sold in Ireland have the PHEV powertrain. A trend we can see with many large vehicles allowing a much lower VRT and motor tax.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

4. BMW 530e – 112 units (2018 : 150) – Sales are slowing down for the 530e but it remains the most popular PHEV saloon in Ireland. The 530e represents 10% of total 5-series sales (9% in 2018).

BMW 530e iPerformance

5. Volvo XC90 T8 – 83 units (2018 : 66).

Volvo XC90 T8

6. BMW 330e – 79 units (2018 : 93) – The new version of the 330e allow it to lead the market in the second half of 2019. Sales should be quite strong in 2020.

BMW 330e iPerformance

7. Mini Countryman Cooper SE All4 – 52 units (2018 : 42) – The Mini Countryman is not a very popular car but when you get one, there is over 60% chances you will go for the PHEV version !

Mini Countryman Cooper SE All4

8.Volvo XC60 T8 – 44 units (2018 : 36)

Volvo XC60 T8

9. Land Rover Range Rover – 39 units (2018 : 8) – Every second Range Rover sold in Ireland is now a plug-in hybrid !

Land Rover Range Rover

10. Volvo S90 T8 – 28 units (2018 : 8)

Volvo S90 T8

New on the market – BMW X1 and X2 xDrive 25e (PHEV)

By Guillaume Séguin – 14th January 2020

If BMW has yet to launch another BEV (The i3 is still the only pure electric vehicles from BMW, awaiting the iX3), they have developed a pretty comprehensive range of plug-in hybrids, with the 225 xe, 330e, 530e, 745e saloons, the 225 xe Active Tourer MPV plus the X3 xDrive 30e and X5 xDrive 45e SUVs. And of course the i8.
2 more SUVs are now joining the family : X1 xDrive 25e and X2 xDrive 25e.

The X1 and X2 are mid-size SUV and the powertrain has a setup already seen with the 225 xe Active Tourer and Mini Countryman Cooper SE All 4 : A 1.5 liter turbocharged 3-cylinder is powering the front wheel whereas the electric motor is powering the rear wheels. This configuration allows 220hp and 385Nm, resulting in a 0-100km/h acheived in just under 7 seconds.

The battery pack has a capacity of 10 kWh and is able to charge at 3.6kw, in 3 to 5 hours depending if you have a home charge point or are plugging on a regular socket. The different driving modes will allow you to drive in 100% electric mode till 135kph.

The WLTP range of up to 57km and co2 emissions are between 43 and 48g of co2 depending on the options chosen.

The X1 is available now, in same lines (Sport Line, xLine and M Sport), and available options as the ICE versions. The X2 will arrive later in 2020

BMW X1 xDrive 25e – € 50,055

Price includes VAT, VRT, VRT rebate and excludes delivery charges


The 10 best selling Irish BEVs of 2019 (new car sales)

Here are the best selling EVs for 2019, in Ireland. First of all we have 16 different BEVs on the market in 2019 versus just 10 in 2018. You will find below the number of 2019 registrations, and evolution compared to 2018.

1 – Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Kona – 1086 units

Yes this year we have a tie for the top spot with 1086 units. The Nissan Leaf is no longer dominating the segment even if its sales are progressing by 38% over 2018 (789 sales). The Kona wasn’t really sold in 2018 (just 2 registrations) and is the big hit of 2019.

Nissan Leaf
Hyundai Kona Electric

3 – Renault Zoé 262 units (2018 : 93 units). The small French car is down 1 spot in 2019 despite a 182% evolution in sales compared to 2018!

Renault Zoé

4 – Volkswagen E-Golf – 247 units (2018 ; 80 units). The E-Golf sales have increased by 209% over the previous year.

5 – Tesla Model 3 – 187 units. It has freshly landed and yet is already the 5th best selling EV for the year 2019.

6 – BMW i3 – 135 units (2018 : 56 units). Still in 6th place for the quirky premium city car, up 141% over 2018.

7 – Hyundai Ioniq – 133 units (2018 : 93 units). The Hyundai Ioniq only progressed by 43% this year, and is down 4 spots.

Hyundai Ioniq Electric

8 – Kia E-Niro – 72 units – new comer for 2019

Kia E-Niro

9 – Kia E-Soul – 62 units – Another new comer for 2019 as the previous version was not imported into Ireland.

Kia E-Soul

10 – Tesla Model S – 49 units – (2018 : 79 units) – The American luxury car has lost 5 spots and sales decreased by 38% over 2018.

Tesla Model X, Jaguar i-Pace, Nissan ENV200 are now outside of the top 10 … see full details in the table below.

Find below the top 10 for 2018


Soon on the market – Ford Mustang Mach-E

8th January 2020 – by Guillaume Séguin

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is coming to Ireland, before the end of 2020 and we start to have some more information about this model, as per Ford.ie website.

Mustang Mach-E

The base model will be available from around €50,000 similar to a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range plus. For this price, you will also have a rear wheel drive vehicle with the “small” battery (75.7kWh), much bigger than the Tesla’s 50kWh, but the range is 450km (compared to the Model 3’s 409km) due to the less efficient motor and aerodynamics. You can get a bigger 98.8kWh battery allowing 600km range, for an undisclosed price.

Mustang Mach-E Premium

The Premium AWD version will be available from around €65,000 with more equipment and 4 wheel drive. The range falls to 420km due to the extra weight, and the larger battery is also an option (for a range of 540km).

Mustang Mach-E First Edition

Finally the First Edition is available from around €75,000 and comes standard with 4WD and the larger battery pack.

You can find more details about the Mustang Mach-E on Ford Ireland website and we will keep you posted later this year when more information, specs and prices are revealed for the Irish market.


Irish PHEV Sales – 2019

PHEV sales have progressed in 2019, but at a slower pace than with BEVs. 82% growth is still very respectable and it shows us some interesting elements : Out of the 26 different PHEVs available on the market, 21 are from Premium brand and just 5 are non-premium models, 2 of which (Kia Niro and Mitsubishi Outlander) are actually leading by far and representing almost 50% of total sales thanks to their popular SUV shape and more “affordable” price point.

Kia Niro PHEV

More interesting is the fact that if new PHEV sales are lagging behind BEV sales, the used import market shows us a very opposite reaction : The PHEV market almost doubled in 2019 to 2424 units, way more than the 642 BEVs that crossed the Irish sea last year. This is explained by the fact that PHEVs had a lot of incentives in the UK, resulting in high sales there. This has become a good source of used vehicles for us to tap into and this trend should pursue into 2020, with the VRT rebates still making these PHEVs even more interesting to import compared to similar diesels, as these will now be hit by the new Nox tax.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Irish BEV Sales – 2019

We’re in January 2020 and it’s time to look back onto 2019.

First of all, the Irish BEV market almost tripled over 2018, from 1233 (and 0.98% market share) in 2018 to 3444 units this year, and a more significant 2.94% market share in 2019.

Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf is still on top, but the new kid on the block for 2019, the Hyundai Kona Electric is also there, with the exact same number of registrations (1086) ! These 2 are each covering a third of the BEV market and the next EVs are far behind : The Renault Zoé has progressed a lot over 2018 (262 vs 93 sales) but still represent less than 10% of the market, and is underrepresented compared to its European performance where it is at the top, behind the Tesla Model 3. The Tesla blockbuster has been launched in ireland during the last quarter of 2019 and will be the one to watch for 2020 !

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

The used import market has been a bit sluggish at the beginning of the year but picked up again in Q4. The Nissan Leaf is still representing the majority of the imported vehicles but the Tesla Model S is second. It is normal to see it in this place considering that the American brand only started selling their vehicles in Ireland back in 2017. There is a local demand for older Tesla Model S, that are now affordable, with an almost reasonable VRT. We can expect this market to grow again in 2020.

How will 2020 be for new sales ? It is really hard to tell. Of course the many EVs coming onto the market this year will help the market growing further. We can for sure pass the 5% market share, if the manufacturers can respond to the demand. At least, the aggressive European co2 targets will now push them to sell EVs and not try to steer an EV prospect into getting a diesel.