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Irish PHEV Sales – June 2020

The PHEV market is still outperforming not only the ICE market but also BEV market, whether it is for new registrations or for used imports.

BMW X5 45e

New registrations are up 8% but volumes are low like any month of June. However the more surprising fact is that used imports are up 87% (Diesel are down 53% and petrol down 38%). In June, for every 5 petrol import, 1 PHEV was imported, and the ratio is at 13 to 1 if you compare PHEV to Diesel. If 13 to 1 sounds still high for you, just think that in June 2019 that ratio was at 49 to 1 ! PHEVs are no longer a niche market.

This month, the BMW X5 is leading the new sales, and the Mercedes C350e is on top of the used import list.

Mercedes C350e

Irish BEV Sales – June 2020

Like any month of June, sales are very slow before the July registration plate change. As for previous months, sales are down due to Covid, and just like in the previous months, EVs are less affected than ICEs. BEVs market share is still up to 4.15% in June, and 3.58% in 2020 to date (vs 2.42% in H1 2019).

The Tesla Model 3 is still on top, with more surprisingly the VW E-Golf. Note that the flavor of the month is the luxurious Porsche Taycan, with a first unit registered.

Porsche Taycan

As for used imports, just 15 units have been registered, with is still much less that last year, however the end of the lockdown shows progress over April (1 registration) and May (4) of this year.


Guest post – Leaf Battery Upgrade – Quadruple the Range (part 1)

By Eamon Stack – June 21st, 2020

When Emile of Muxsan turned on his Gen 1 Leaf to display a range of 440km, I was truly amazed. I only need half that range in Ireland to make my Leaf more than a city car. Was this YouTuber for real? I discovered that Emile and his colleague Sjaak had developed a range of upgrade options for all Nissan Leafs and are working on upgrade options for other EVs.

Eamon’s Leaf at Carnsore Point

The problem is that Nissan, while offering rather expensive replacement battery packs, have not offered an upgrade. The EV community needed someone to develop a solution. In Europe, Emile Nijssen and Sjaak Bloemberg formed a cooperative, Muxsan, and have developed a range of options for community members. There is a Canadian option also (used by Robert Llewellyn) and others projects in development.

A small group of Irish EV friends have Vectrix VX-1 electric motorcycles and have had to upgrade their battery packs over the past 5 years. We are also Leaf owners. We decided to explore Muxsan options. We were not disappointed! Muxsan developed the software to tell a Leaf that its pack had increased in kWh capacity, for charging and discharge, and the hardware (CAM-bridge) to communicate with the Leaf. They had delivered a reliable solution. What’s more, their battery extension packs protect and extend the life of the more vulnerable Leaf packs.

Muxsan gives two options to increase range: 1. Add an extension pack in the boot; or 2. replace (swap) the modules in the battery pack with higher capacity modules. Or you can do both and get 440km range they call Leaf+. The extension packs come in two sizes: 9kWh or 18kWh.

Barry and I have opted for option 1. (18kWh) and Sean went for option 2. Sean has already completed his upgrade and boasts a range of 250km. I have booked in my blue 2012 Leaf for the extension pack in September. Barry and I will bring the car over on a trailer via Holyhead and Channel Tunnel. And we will bring back a kit to upgrade Barry’s 2011 Leaf in Ireland.

The cost of my upgrade is €5990, the same cost for Barry’s kit. No discount for first kit (more later). Sean had sourced his own 40kWh Leaf pack (from a breakers yard in Mayo) and went to Muxsan for training (Sean is an electronic engineer). His kit cost €1500.

Muxsan also offer an upgrade to the the AC charger, to three phase electricity, increasing the charging rate to 22kW. In addition, Muxsan supply a towing hitch for a Leaf. See www.muxsan.com

We will post an update to our experience in September. Look out for our next article on the Vectrix upgrade adventure and the latest upgrades using Leaf 40kWh pack modules.

Vectrix VX-1

If you are interested in getting an upgrade in Ireland, we could bring back more kits from The Netherlands and upgrade your Leaf after we complete Barry’s. If there is a bigger demand, we will work with IEVOA to develop a scalable model for Irish EV battery upgrades.

EVs can last three times longer than ICE cars. This reduces the annualised carbon footprint of the vehicle manufacture threefold. To date the limiting factor for EV lifespan has been the battery. While the million mile battery is the current hot topic for future EVs, Muxsan really offer a solution for many EV drivers in Ireland today.

Stay tuned for part 2, after the summer!
You want to contact the author for more information about this upgrade ? Email Eamon Stack : eamon@eamonstack.com

Eamon’s Leaf at Carnsore Point

About Eamon Stack
Eamon Stack is a computer engineer, award-winning social entrepreneur, co-founder and leader of diverse organisations and campaigns including technology charity Enclude, MakePovertyHistory Dublin Rally, Slí Eile and Garvaghy Road Residents’ Coalition. He has been driving EVs for over 12 years. 


2020 IEVOA AGM

Thanks to all participants of this first virtual AGM.

If you missed it, please watch the video recording :

Here is the slide-deck of the AGM.

The new list of committee members is available here.

The chairman’s report is also available to read.

We would like to make this -short- year 2020 a success and we thank all members for their support. If you haven’t renewed your membership yet, please do so visiting the page below :

The 2020 IEVOA Committee


New on the market – Opel Corsa-e

9-June-2020 – By Guillaume Séguin

Now that the showrooms are reopening, newly launched EVs are landing and the awaited Opel Corsa-e is finally available in Ireland.

This car is built on the same plateform as the Peugeot e-208 and DS 3 Crossback E-tense. It is identical in terms of technical specifications : A 100kW motor (136hp) powered by a 50kWh (around 45kwh useable) battery pack. Compared to the ICE version, the practicality isn’t affected, same boot size and interior space. The only difference is that you will not be able to order the optional spare wheel.

Corsa-e Elite in Power Orange (exclusive to the Corsa-e)

Two trim levels are offered and they are pretty well equipped, with no options.

The “base” Corsa-e SC includes a 7-inch colour touchscreen with multimedia Navi infotainment system, rain-sensitive windscreen wipers, automatic headlight control, automatic anti-dazzle rear-view mirror, climate control, alectric parking brake, rear parking distance sensors, keyless start, Alarm, front and rear electric windows and 16-inch bi-colour alloy wheels. Nothing essential is missing.

Opel Corsa-e SC in Voltaic Blue (exclusive to the Corsa-e)

If you want more luxury, for an extra €3,462, you can get the Corsa-e Elite. It includes a multimedia Navi Pro infotainment system on a bigger 10-inch colour touchscreen, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, heated front seats 
and steering wheel, driver’s and front passenger’s seat height adjuster, centre armrest with storage, a fabric/premium leather effect seat trim, keyless open and start, larger 17-inch bi-colour alloy wheels, IntelliLux LED® Matrix headlights, panoramic rear-view camera, front parking distance sensors, electrically folding door mirrors, black roof and A-pillars, high gloss black B-pillars and roof spoiler, dark-tinted rear windows, side blind spot alert and flank guard and chrome-effect lower side window trim.

Compared to the competition, Peugeot e-208 and Renault Zoé, it is pretty well positioned : The Zoé starts at €26,990 with a bigger battery, but doesn’t have as much kit. The Peugeot e-208 prices are similar but the Opel offers a bit more. The smaller Mini Hatch Cooper SE can compare in terms of price but its battery pack is much smaller returning just 232km WLTP range.

Opel Corsa-e SC – €27,338
Opel Corsa-e Elite – €30,800

Prices includes VRT relief, SEAI grant and exclude metallic paint and delivery charges.


Irish PHEV Sales – May 2020

In a car market collapsing, PHEV sales are surprisingly up, by 8% to a 5.43% market share for May. So far this year, PHEVs are representing 2.19% of total car sales. The new BMW 330e is still going strong and the BMW X5 45e is at the second spot in May (4th year to date). The Kia e-Niro still leads the 2020 year. See table for more details.

BMW X5 45e

Used imports have dipped a lot of course (-74% in May) but that is still another 50 PHEVs on the Irish roads. See the table below for more details.

BMW 330e

Irish BEV Sales – May 2020

Since dealers reopened their doors mid-May, car sales are now picking up again, compared to April, but are still very weak at -72% compared to May 2019. BEVs are in a better place, with sales decreasing by only 13% to 148 units. This resulted in a very good market share, 8.45% of the total car market.

Tesla Model 3, leader again in May

Tesla has delivered 50 Model 3, not only the best selling BEV this month again but also 4th best selling car overall. Since the beginning of this year the Leaf is still ahead, but the Model3 is just 20 units behind and might get the crown very soon… The Renault Zoé ZE 50 have now started being delivered and sales should increase next month.

See below the used import table

The Nissan Leaf is still the most popular used imported BEV


IEVOA AGM – Voting for the 2020 Committee

Dear IEVOA Members,

As part of our AGM on Saturday 6th June we are required to elect our committee for the coming year. The IEVOA constitution allows for a maximum of eleven committee members.  As in previous years we have a number of existing committee members who wish to continue on along with some recently co-opted members and expressions of interest which we have already considered.  These form the current committee’s recommended candidates as follows:

Simon Acton – Chair
Guillaume Séguin – PR
Michael Sherlock – Treasurer
Thomas McGuire – Secretary
Paul Kelly – IT
Kevin Dowling – Membership Administrator
Bart Connolly – Without Portfolio
Jan-Bart Spang – Without Portfolio


We will seek support for election of these candidates, unless there are any direct challenges.

This leaves three open positions, we don’t have to fill these, but we are seeking nominations for these positions which will initially be ‘without portfolio’ but will be allocated assigned tasks in due course. We need help with activities such as (but not limited to) event planning & organisation, lobbying, establishing membership partners & incentives and representing IEVOA at industry events, conferences and in the media. This coming year we plan to move to a monthly cadence for committee meetings, which will typically be held online, while retaining a quarterly or bi-annual routine for physical get togethers.

In particular, we are keen this year to seek some female nominations, we’ve had zero gender balance on the committee this last year and we feel this is important moving forwards with so many female EV drivers out there.  But that doesn’t mean you men folk are off the hook, please do nominate yourselves if you’d like to be involved.  If you’d like to know more about what is involved in being a committee member then please email chair@irishevowners.ie

Note that the election will be via an on-line vote as part of the AGM, this vote is open only to paid IEVOA members, so do renew your membership ASAP is you’d like to vote.

So, please email pr@irishevowners.ie if you would like to put yourself forward as a candidate, nominations must be received by email no later than Wednesday 3rd June.  You can of course nominate yourself for any of the committee positions if you so choose.  We will contact any nominated candidates ahead of the AGM on 6th June to discuss further.  Note that you are required to be a paid IEVOA member in order to hold a position on the committee.


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Simon Acton
IEVOA Chairman
Chair@irishevowners.ie


2020 IEVOA AGM – Registration

Dear members,
This year the IEVOA AGM will be held online, on June 6th 2020, 2pm.
Before RSVPing to this event, please make sure you are registered as a member of the IEVOA (free or paid). You can register as a IEVOA member here

AGM registrations will be closed on Wednesday June 3rd.

And if you have items for the Q & A section, or motions, please send us an email at pr@irishevowners.ie before June 1st.
Thank you.


Irish PHEV Sales – April 2020

Just like for BEVs, the PHEV segment is also less suffering than the rest of the market, but still it is sinking by 88.8% in April to 3.2% market share (vs 1.1% in 2019). Along with the Opel Corsa-e (BEV), the German brand introduces this month the Grandland X PHEV. And Ford starts selling a direct competitor for the Grandland : The Kuga PHEV.

Opel Grandland X PHEV

See used imports table below.

Ford Kuga PHEV

Irish BEV Sales – April 2020

As expected, car sales in April collapsed in Ireland, like in many other countries, by 96%. BEVs are doing a bit better at -83% and a unexpected 14.5% of the market, thanks once again to the Tesla Model 3. And it is even the 6th most popular car all energies considered…. Of course this month everything is to be taken with a pinch of salt, when you know that this month best selling car is the Toyota Land Cruiser, all of which are actually for Irish Defense Forces!

But despite this gloomy situation, we have a newcomer ! The first Opel Corsa-e has been registered last month. See the table below for full details.

Opel Corsa-e

And just 1 used import this month !

Tesla Model S

Irish PHEV Sales – March 2020

Just like for BEVs, the PHEV market is doing much better than the ICE one (-62% year on year) in these difficult times. New sales have rose 69% to 244 units, bringing the market share to 3.96% ! Added to the BEVs, this brings a combined market share of just over 10% for BEV/PHEV. 1 out of 10 new cars has a socket !

Volvo XC40 T5

In terms of models, Kia Niro and Mitsubishi Outlander are sharing the top spot with 55 registrations each. There are 2 new PHEVs entering the market this month : The Volvo XC40 and the Peugeot 3008, which powertrain will be introduced this year in a number of vehicles from the PSA group ( DS 7 Crossback and DS 9, Peugeot 508, Citroen C5 Aircross or Opel Grandland X)

Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4

See below the table for used imports.


Irish BEV Sales – March 2020

Due to Covid-19 and closure of many dealers, it’s not a surprise to see the new car market sinking in March (-62% compared to March 2019). However on the BEV side, things are much more positive with sales up 21.8% to 379 units.

The first Renault Zoé ZE.50 have been delivered…

This difference is mostly due to the Tesla Model 3 (146 registrations) as we’re at the last month of the quarter and sales have accelerated (at least at the beginning of the month…). The “older” BEVs (Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Kona, BMW i3…) are suffering but new models are coming with this month the first Renault Zoé ZE 50 and the Mini Hatch Cooper SE. All in all, the market share for new BEVs is at a very impressive 6.14% for March and 3.27% to date this year. See table below for details.

… and so have the Mini Hatch Cooper SE

The used import market is not as healthy unfortunately with registrations collapsing by 52% to just 25 vehicles. Note the that one MG ZS has been imported, a first.


2020 AGM – COVID-19 update

IEVOA Members,

In light of the Irish government’s announcement yesterday regarding the measures now in place to tackle COVID-19 it is with regret that we have taken the decision to postpone the IEVOA AGM scheduled for Saturday 4th April. We will reschedule as soon as it is practical to do so and provide at least 14 days notice of the revised date.

In the meantime, if you have any immediate issues or concerns you would like to raise please email pr@irishevowners.ie or chair@irishevowners.ie.

Best Regards,

Simon Acton, IEVOA Chairman


Irish PHEV Sales – February 2020

In February PHEV sales grew by 33% over the same month last year, representing 1.64% of the car market. The total to date is already 788 units, over half of what has been sold for the whole 2019 year (1335).

The Kia Niro PHEV is still leading ahead of the BMW 330e and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The Skoda Superb iV is not too far behind with another 12 units registered. The newcomer of the month is the BMW X3 xDrive 30e.

BMW X3 xDrive 30e

On the used import market, the Mitsubishi Outlander is finally leaving its crown to the BMW 530e. The Mercedes C350e is growing in popularity and is now just behind the japanese SUV.

BMW 530e

Irish BEV Sales – February 2020

2nd March 2020 – By Guillaume Séguin

Just like in January, BEV sales grew more than the rest of the market, but that growth was modest (+12.4%), with a market share of 2.88%. To date, 1294 BEVs have been registered.

Tesla Model 3

The Tesla Model 3 is the winner this month with 154 sales. And just like last month, sales of last year joint-leaders Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Kona disappoint. Newcomers compensate (Kia E-Soul and E-Niro, Audi E-Tron). The Renault Zoé is still waiting for its Ze50 variant to come but that’ll be for March. Its archenemy the Peugeot e-208 is the newcomer of the month with its first 3 registrations. 51 used BEVs were also imported this month.

Peugeot e-208

Irish PHEV Sales – January 2020

The PHEV market starts 2020 with a more important growth than the BEV one. It went from 301 units registered in January 2019 up 86% to 560 units registered last month, now representing 1.8% of the market.

The Kia Niro (146 units, +106%) is still leading the segment with a slim advantage over the BMW 330e. No less than 23 different PHEVs have been purchased. New for this month : The Skoda Superb iV and the Kia Ceed PHEV (available in hatch and estate versions). More popular PHEVs are coming on the market in 2020 and the generous incentives often put these financially in par with petrol/diesel, this segment will therefore grow a lot and it could become bigger than the BEV market.

Kia Ceed Estate
Skoda Supber iV

Used imports are still progressing (+12%), and much higher than for BEVs. Misubishi Outlander imports are slowing down a lot but almost all the other are progressing, especially the BMW 530e.

BMW 530e

Irish BEV Sales – January 2020

January is the strongest month for Irish car sales and this is also true for BEV sales. The growth has slowed down, but it is still up 12.4% for a market share of 2.87% in a total market down 3.5%.

Kia E-Sould is 5th this month with 69 units sold

The Nissan Leaf is the best selling car this month with sales slightly increasing over the same month last year. On the second spot, the Hyundai Kona is disappointingly down 35% whereas its sister the Ioniq benefits from its facelift to boost is sales by 120% and steal the 3rd spot from the Renault Zoé ZE40, which sales are at a standstill (6 units down 92%) awaiting for the new model to start its deliveries in the next few weeks. On the 4th and 5th spot, we can find the Kia E-Niro and E-Soul, and 6th is the Tesla Model 3. The Volkswagen E-Golf is showing a good growth (47 sales up 52%) thanks to its readjusted pricing.

On the luxury side of the market the Audi E-tron (20 units) is leading ahead of the Jaguar i-Pace (8), Tesla Model X (4), Model S (3) and Mercedes EQC (2).

There was no real new models on the market this month, so no particular boost seen, but there are a few volume vehicles coming this spring such as the Peugeot e-208, Renault Zoé ZE50, Opel Corsa-e and Mini Cooper SE, that should allow a significant growth later this spring.

Nissan Leaf, clearly leading both new and used import markets

The used imports market is still quite slow and dominated as always by the Nissan Leaf.

Just 2 new Mercedes EQC were sold this month


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