By Guillaume Séguin – December 13th, 2020
This document is meant to bring useful information for anyone looking into buying a new BEV in Ireland (as of December 2020, when this post was written). It doesn’t include PHEVs. And neither does it include earlier models so if you are looking for a used model (see for example our 181 table here), be aware that older versions of these models may have different battery and charging specifications.
The data in these tables is made of manufacturer official information. Non-official information have the (est) tag, some adjustments have been made compared to previous semesters to make this as realistic as possible.
- NEDC is the old European driving cycle. It has been used till September 2019 yet can still be found in manufacturer’s documents but we’ve removed it from this table, NEDC is a very optimistic cycle, with figures hard to reproduce.
- WLTP is the newest European driving cycle. It is used since September 2017 (but not broadly used until recently) and is tougher than NEDC, it is usually possible to reproduce WLTP figures, in summer with optimal driving conditions (economical and relatively slow). Use this to compare vehicles to each other.
- Real life is a more realistic estimation of what you can actually do with these cars, in normal traffic conditions. Of course this could still vary a lot depending on your driving style, pace or weather conditions.
Consumption is indicated in kWh per 100 km. This data, combined with the useable battery size, gives you the range of the vehicle.
Battery size : What you can read about battery size varies depending on manufacturers. Some indicate the total battery capacity, some the usable capacity. Typically a buffer of around 10% or the total capacity of the battery isn’t used, in order to extend battery life.
This year we’re adding the heat pump availability. This is an important feature for our country, they allow a significant energy saving compared to traditional PTC (resistive) heaters, at temperatures of 5-15c, which is what we get in Ireland all day round.
Prices are stated ex delivery charges (that could reach up to €2,000). Note that because of VRT changes, not all manufacturers have updated their pricelist at this date, so some prices may change soon.
We have 3 tables, Compact cars, Family cars and Large/Luxury vehicles.
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Compact cars, these are usually more affordable, more suitable to city environement.
For 2021, the Honda e and Mazda MX-30 are entering the segment with similarly priced vehicles, they are quite refined EVs, with limited range, charging capabilities and interior space but do great city runabouts, good alternatives to the Mini Cooper SE or the more expensive BMW i3 . Peugeot e-208, Opel Corsa e and Renault Zoé offer a more maintstream, more all-round capabilities with better range, while keeping prices below the €27,000 mark in their base trims. The Hyundai Kona prices drop by €300 (base) and €1,700 (Premium) making this latter model a no brainer when it comes to choosing an ideal Kona, the only compact long range vehicle of the market.
Family cars listed below are usually more expensive than compact cars, with more range and have larger boot and interior space.
The Hyundai Ioniq sees a very welcome €3,200 price drop making its very well equipped single version in par with top trims of more compact vehicles such as Renault Zoé or Peugeot e-208. The 62kWh Nissan Leaf is now available in SV trim (from €35,539), and the 40kWh Leaf sees its base XE trim back from €27,595, making it the most affordable EV with family abilities ! New for this semester 3 SUVs : The affordable MG ZS, first of many EVs to come from China but also the bigger, long range, and more powerful Skoda Enyaq and Volkswagen ID.4
Large/Luxury cars usually have more range, not necessarily more interior room/boot but have more premium features and have comfort level making these great motorway cruisers.
New for this year the Lexus UX 300e, most affordable of this category but unfortunately equipped with a small 54.3kWh battery, with just 50kW (Chademo) charging capabilities. The more interesting BMW iX3 is €15,000 more expensive but provides a 459km WLTP range and 150kW charging speed that matches Premium customers expectations, while being more affordable than Jaguar, Audi, Mercedes offerings.
A few more models have been announced for Ireland, and should come anytime soon, but we don’t have yet pricing details : Audi E-Tron Sportback, Citroën ë-C4 or Fiat 500.
Please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org (with your source) if you believe there is incorrect/incomplete information, or if you have useful additional data to complete it. I’ll correct or add it to the next semester. Thanks!