Irish Electric Vehicles Owners Association

Interview With Simon Acton, Irish EV Owners

Irish Electric Vehicles Owners Association
This week we find out more about the Irish EV Owners Association, who represent electric vehicle owners and driver in Ireland.

In this interview we meet Simon Acton, Chair of the Irish Electric Vehicle Owners Association (IEVOA), who represent electric vehicle owners and drivers in Ireland.

1) Can you introduce yourself and the club to our readers? 
I'm Simon Acton, the current Chair of the Irish Electric Vehicle Owners Association (IEVOA). I am also Managing Director of my own business, Next Eco Car, which specialises in selling and sourcing used EVs and Hybrids in Ireland. The IEVOA was established in 2015 to: represent the interests of Electric Vehicle (EV) owners and drivers across the island of Ireland; help encourage the widespread uptake of EVs throughout the island; work with vehicle manufacturers, dealers, Public and Private Charger infrastructure owners or managers, Government bodies, County Councils and all other stakeholders to further the aims of the Association; promote and hold events for EV Owners/Drivers; and maintain an online presence to facilitate information exchange and membership. We have a committee, currently of ten, who meet monthly to drive this agenda forward, all of who give their time freely. We welcome all EV owners and drivers in Ireland to become members. We currently have around 1500 members and almost 5000 engaging in our associated Facebook group.

Simon Acton, Chair of the IEVOA, and the Renault ZOE
Simon Acton, Chair of the IEVOA, and the Renault ZOE

2) What are the benefits for members?
We currently have two membership tiers, Associate, which is free, and Full, which is currently €10 per year. Full members have voting rights at our general meetings, such as our AGM, so they can actively influence the direction we take and the focus of the work we do.  All members benefit from the activities we engage in and have the option of getting involved in our work.  They also have access to all the events we run. Normally we have a number of meets each year, but 2020 was a challenging year on this front, so we are currently running a bi-monthly series of webinars until normal service can resume. For 2021 we are developing additional benefits for paid members, such as discounts from a range of like-minded companies and access to our Slack community, which was previously reserved for committee members only.  We also plan to develop a corporate membership offering.

3) What is the role of the Irish EV Owners Association as Ireland transitions to electric mobility?

We have a big role to play. Our growing membership gives us a vast resource to tap into when considering the needs of current and future EV owners, based crucially on real world experiences. At our most recent AGM in June we set out our objectives for the coming year including expanding our lobbying efforts across government, councils and key stakeholders, continuing our engagement with charging infrastructure stakeholders including ESB ecars, ESB Networks, Smart Dublin and councils, establishing events to aid public education, awareness and engagement with EVs, and increasing the content on all our platforms and engaging with the media to drive public interest. In the past 6 months alone, some of our efforts have included continuing our engagement with ESB ecars and ESB Networks around public charging infrastructure and other technologies pertinent to the EV ecosystem; engaged with the DCCAE and Minister Eamon Ryan about our objectives and requested regular meetings; lobbied councils to utilise the on street charging grant and encouraged our members to do the same and commenced work on a refresh of our website and branding to enable better public engagement. We are very active and motivated to drive EV adoption in Ireland as we aim to reduce pollution and emissions in order to meet our climate action obligations as a nation.

4) What do you think is the biggest challenge to wide scale EV adoption in Ireland? 

Most people would say we need cheaper vehicles with greater range or that the public charging infrastructure needs to be better. But my experience, both with IEVOA and in dealing with customers considering buying used EVs tells me that education is actually the biggest challenge. I talk to a lot of people about EVs and the lack of knowledge and myths that surround them is still a huge barrier to wider adoption. IEVOA is pushing hard in this space but we are a voluntary organisation with little financial means. Much more needs to be done. if we look at the UK there is the experience centre in Milton Keynes and there is the Fully Charged Live show each year. These are places where potential EV owners can learn more without being in a sales environment. These sorts of things need to be replicated in Ireland and should be something supported by the likes of government, local councils, and the manufacturers. Further, more needs to be done to combat the huge amount of disinformation being deliberately spread by some manufacturers and dealers who are set to lose out in the shift to the electrification of transport. The press and advertising standards organisations have a huge role and responsibility to play in this, in fact checking what is published.

5) What prompted your interest in electric vehicles?
From a young age I had three main interests: cars, technology and the natural world. Electric vehicles are a great combination of the first two and also help me see a way towards protecting the latter for future generations. As a teenager I raced karts competitively in the UK and later forged a career as a software developer on leaving University, which led to a successful 20+ year career in IT. So whilst I took a keen interest in the trajectory of electric vehicle technology and how it could potentially help make our planet a better place from the early 2010s, it wasn't until around 2017 when I bought my first EV and decided to make a career change and start my own business that it became an all consuming part of my daily life.

The Irish EV Owners Association has a number of benefits for EV owners in Ireland
The Irish EV Owners Association has a number of benefits for EV owners in Ireland

6) How did you become involved in the Irish EV Owners Association?
Prior to starting my business in 2017 I had joined the association as a member and had mainly just followed what was going on with the Facebook group so I decided to attend the next AGM in early 2018 to learn more about what they were doing.  I was impressed with the enthusiasm of the committee and the members in general. They were looking for volunteers to help out so I decided to get involved. The following year the previous Chair, Frank Barr, decided to step down and the rest of the committee convinced me to run as Chair at the AGM and it's gone on from there really. I'm now in my second term as Chair and hope to continue a good while longer. We are in a very important moment for EV adoption in Ireland and there is still so much work to do.

7) Which electric vehicle past or present do you think has been the most influential on a) the motor industry and b) consumers? 
In terms of the motor industry I'd have to say Tesla who have been a hugely influential disruptor in terms of how the motor industry will be shaped moving forwards. The original 2010 Tesla Roadster broke the mould of what people imagined an electric car could be and they have gone from strength to strength from there. The mass market Model 3 which became available here in Ireland in 2019 is now a common sight on our roads and the upcoming SUV style Model Y is sure to be an even bigger success here. They also have their proprietary Supercharger network, which makes travelling long distances in any of their cars a breeze with plenty of chargers at every hub. Tesla have also proven that if you have the right product you don't need a national network of dealerships to sell and maintain cars and that it can mostly be done online.  This, combined with the fact that their cars are hugely reliable, require little servicing and can be software upgraded to improve functionality over the air, means that they are changing the game.

The new Tesla Model 3 is available to order now!
Tesla has had a huge influence on the motor industry

From a consumer perspective I would have to say the Nissan Leaf, which was the first true mass market EV. In September 2020 Nissan announced that they had just manufactured the 500,000th Leaf since 2010. This has propelled Leaf drivers to over 14.8 billion clean-air kilometres, which equates to 2.4 billion kilograms of saved CO2 emissions. If you drive a first generation Leaf today it is still a very capable car, and the latest incarnation with its 40 or 62 kWh battery capacity and a host of autonomous driving features is a very accomplished car suitable to almost any need.

8) How can public charging be shared fairly among EV drivers who require this service regularly? 
As with any publicly available service there is certain etiquette to be followed in using charging infrastructure. There is plenty of information about this etiquette on the IEVOA website but it largely boils down to common sense, courtesy, and knowing the charging capabilities of your car and the charge units you plan to use. In summary, rapid chargers are for a quick top up in order that you can complete your journey or the next leg of your journey. Ideally you shouldn't leave your car unattended at these chargers and you certainly shouldn't leave your car connected and charging for more than 45 minutes, in fact there are penalties on most rapid chargers if you do. Also, don't block the charger if you've finished charging or don't need to charge, move away and park somewhere else.

Check out the IEVOA website for more information on owning an electric vehicle in Ireland
Check out the IEVOA website for more information on owning an electric vehicle in Ireland

For slow chargers the etiquette is a little different. It's fine to leave your car charging away for as long as you need to, most cars will take over 4 hours to fully charge on this type of charger anyway. But again, if you have finished charging then try to move away, the exception being at places like train or bus stations where you can reasonably leave your car hooked up for the day if you need a full charge. Plus, never use any charging bay as a parking space, only park in a charging bay if you are actually charging. You wouldn't park at a petrol pump after all, would you?

In the longer term, charger availability will be much less of an issue because there will be plenty of infrastructure for everyone. For example, ESB ecars are two years into a five year program that will see a huge expansion of their network including the addition of 50 high power charging hubs on key transport routes from early 2021. Plus anyone who drives an electric car will tell you that the best place to charge is either at home or work, whenever they can anyway. It's always better (and generally cheaper) to be putting power into your car when you are doing something else, like sleeping. That way the public infrastructure is left available for those who really need to use it.

Simon Acton speaking at the 2020 Electric Vehicle Summit
Simon speaking at the 2020 Electric Vehicle Summit

9) Where would you like to see Ireland in 5 years time in relation to electric vehicles versus volumes of combustion engined cars?
By 2025 I'd like to see that at least 30% of annual new car sales in Ireland are fully electric cars. This might seem very ambitious from where we are today but if you look at the trajectory of sales increases in EVs, and at what the vast majority of car manufacturers are focusing their research and development on, it's only going one way. We've seen a great number of new EV models released in 2020 and we will see more and more as each year passes with model types and range to suit every need; indeed some manufacturers have already signalled timelines for switching to selling EVs only. Ultimately consumers can only buy what manufacturers are offering. Legislation, incentives (and disincentives) and public opinion will drive adoption strongly too. Opinions are changing and awareness is growing: by 2025 choosing to buy a new combustion car will likely be viewed in a similar light to smoking in front of your kids or drink driving; it will become socially unacceptable. This is a huge moment for the motor industry and any manufacturer not fully on board with electrification by now is already unlikely to survive in the longer term.

The Irish EV Owners Association holds events throughout the year for members
The Irish EV Owners Association holds events throughout the year for members

10) How can our readers keep up to date with the club?

Our website www.irishevowners.ie is a great source of reference for information about everything EV, especially for anyone thinking of making the switch to an EV for the first time. We also have a lively community page on Facebook with almost 5000 members and also a presence on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Thank you to Simon for taking part in this interview for Changing Lanes.

 


Looking for a new van? Check out these 211 van deals

Van Deals 2021 For Ireland

Looking for a new van? Check out these 211 van deals
Looking for a new van? Check out these 211 van deals

Looking for the best deals on a new van in 2021? In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at offers and scrappage deals available on commercial vehicles in Ireland in 2021. From cargo vans, to compact and panel vans, crew vans and car-based commercial vehicles, there’s plenty on offer! Check out the latest offers from the manufacturers below and find the best van for you. We'll add more as we get them. Check the manufacturer's website for more information on models and offers.

CITROEN

€3000 scrappage + 4.9% APR HP finance on new Berlingo and Dispatch vans or 3.9% APR HP finance. €2000 scrappage + 4.9% APR HP finance on Relay van or 3.9% APR HP finance.

FORD

Reductions of up to €6,500 across the range including the Ford Transit, available for the first time in a plug-in hybrid version. Finance packages with 2.9 percent APR are available and a once off 0 percent APR offer for customers who opt for the Ranger Wildtrak pick-up truck. Commercial vehicle reductions include up to €1,750 off the Transit Connect Limited or Sport models; €5,500 off the Transit Custom; €6,500 off the Transit two tonne van; and €3,200 off the Ranger.

MITSUBISHI

2.9% APR HP finance rate on the L200 or a €1,000 trade-in booster when you purchase a new L200 manual before 31st January 2021.

NISSAN

Choose between 0% APR or guaranteed minimum €3,000 scrappage on the Nissan commercial range including NV, Navarra, Leaf, Qashqai and X-Trail commercials.

OPEL

0% APR finance on Combo Cargo, Vivaro and Movano vans registered before 31st January 2021.

PEUGEOT

€3000 scrappage available on Peugeot Partner, €3500 on Expert, and €4000 on Boxer.

RENAULT

Renault’s offer includes 3 months deferred payments and 3.9% finance on Kangoo, Kangoo Z.E., Master and Trafic vans.

TOYOTA

3.9% APR HP finance or trade-in booster of €2500 or scrappage bonus of €3500 on Proace. 3.9% APR HP finance or trade-in booster of €2500 or scrappage bonus of €3000 on Proace City. 3.9% APR HP finance on Hilux.

VOLKSWAGEN

Purchase contribution of €1,500 on the new Caddy and 0% APR finance. €2,750 purchase contribution on the Transporter and APR finance of 2.9%. €3,500 purchase contribution on the Crafter and APR finance of 2.9%. Offers available until 31st January 2021.


The new Skoda Octavia range has arrived in Ireland!

What Were The 10 Bestselling Cars In Ireland In 2020?

As we enter the new 211 registration plate, let’s first recap on 2020! What were the bestselling cars in Ireland in 2020?

2020 was a difficult year for everyone, including the motor industry, with Coronavirus causing widespread disruption to the arrival of new models and the retailing of cars through dealerships across the country.

According to figures from SIMI, new car registrations in Ireland in 2020 were down to 88,324 - but there were some winners too as you will see when you scroll down to view the cars more people in Ireland were buying in 2020.

Diesel remains the most popular engine type, while hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid gained market share in 2020. Diesel accounted for 43.29% of new car registrations for the entire year, while petrol accounted for 36.91%, hybrid for 11.86%, electric for 4.54%, and plug-in hybrid for 2.78%.

Manual transmissions (59.8%) continue to dominate, but automatic transmissions are gaining popularity, particularly with the rise in hybrid and electric vehicle sales.

The hatchback is Ireland’s top selling car body type of 2020. Grey remains the top selling colour and has continued to keep that title for the past five years.

But as promised here are the top 10 bestselling cars of 2020! Is your car on the list?

10. Toyota Yaris

1,915 units

The 2020 Toyota Yaris!
The new Toyota Yaris

The first of three Toyotas in the top 10 bestsellers in Ireland in 2020. The Toyota Yaris is well established now in Ireland and its popularity was bolstered in 2020 with the arrival of a new generation of the Japanese supermini. Available with a small petrol engine or as a hybrid, the new Yaris has a cool new look and better quality and design throughout.

9. Nissan Qashqai

1,930 units

The Nissan Qashqai is still a popular buy on the new and used car market
The Nissan Qashqai remains a popular buy in Ireland

The Nissan Qashqai is a former #1 bestseller in Ireland. It slipped down the rankings in 2020 but this generation of the Qashqai has had a great run in Ireland since it was launched here in 2014. An all-new generation of the popular Japanese family crossover will arrive in Ireland later in 2021.

8. Volkswagen Golf

2,006 units

The new 2020 Volkswagen Golf now on sale in Ireland
The new Volkswagen Golf now on sale in Ireland

The Golf has slipped down the sales chart in 2020 but remains one of the bestselling family hatchbacks in Ireland. The new generation of the iconic German hatchback arrived in Ireland back in summer 2020 with a range of petrol and diesel engines, as well as some new hybrid variants. Performance versions are also available.

7. Skoda Octavia

2,045 units

The new Skoda Octavia range has arrived in Ireland!
The new Skoda Octavia range

Consistently one of the bestselling cars in Ireland, the Skoda Octavia returned in late 2020 with a new generation of the car. Also available as an estate, the Octavia offers a spacious alternative and is a favourite of Irish buyers. A plug-in hybrid Skoda Octavia iV will join the range in 2021.

6. Toyota C-HR

2,078 units

The C-HR is now available with a 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain with more power and performance
The Toyota C-HR brings efficient hybrid power to its class

The Toyota C-HR has been a real success story for the brand in Ireland since it launched here back at the end of 2016. In 2020, Toyota Ireland welcomed a new facelifted version of the C-HR, which is now sold exclusively as a petrol hybrid, with two versions available. The new 2.0-litre hybrid offers more performance, but the C-HR remains a very efficient and sophisticated hybrid.

5. Hyundai Kona

2,321 units

The new Hyundai Kona Hybrid
The new Hyundai Kona Hybrid

Another success story, this time for Hyundai and the Kona compact crossover. Since it launched in Ireland towards the end of 2017, it has become a firm favourite with the Irish public. There's great choice on offer in the range, including petrol, hybrid and electric.

4. Ford Focus

2,502 units

The new Ford Focus is selling well in Ireland
The new Ford Focus is selling well in Ireland

The Ford Focus is one of those perennials of the motor industry and continues to perform well in the Irish market, outselling close competitor the Volkswagen Golf in 2020. It offers comfortable and good value motoring with petrol, diesel and mild hybrid offerings in the range. There's also a high performance Ford Focus ST available.

3. Volkswagen Tiguan

2,977 units

The Volkswagen Tiguan is more popular than the Golf in Ireland
The Volkswagen Tiguan is more popular than the Golf in Ireland

The current generation of the Volkswagen Tiguan has been a stellar success in Ireland since it launched here in 2016. In 2020 it moved into the top 3 bestselling cars in the country. A facelifted version is expected in 2021, with the arrival of a new plug-in hybrid and high performance version.

2. Hyundai Tucson

3,227 units

The Hyundai Tucson sold well in November
The new Hyundai Tucson should bolster sales of this SUV in Ireland even more in 2021

Another former number one bestseller in Ireland. Despite a challenging year for the motor industry, the Tucson posted strong sales and continues to satisfy Irish buyers. At the end of 2020 an all-new version arrived here with a stunning new design and new powertrains, including diesel and hybrid. A Tucson plug-in hybrid will join the range in 2021.

1. Toyota Corolla 

3,755 units

The 2020 Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla has been an incredible success in Ireland since launch

No change at the top in 2020! The Corolla has had another incredible year. Since the new generation Corolla launched here in 2019, it quickly became Ireland’s bestselling car. Available as a hatchback, saloon or estate, it offers buyers a fuel efficient hybrid compact car. In 2020, a new trim level was added, GR Sport, and a more performance oriented 2.0-litre hybrid.


There are lots of exciting new models on the way to Ireland in 2021, including the new BMW M3 and M4!

New Cars 2021 Coming To Ireland!

There are lots of exciting new models on the way to Ireland in 2021, including the new BMW M3 and M4!
There are lots of exciting new models on the way to Ireland in 2021, including the new BMW M3 and M4!

There are plenty of exciting cars and SUVs to look forward to in 2021. Expect to see even more hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles arriving here as brands continue to move towards electrification of key model ranges. There will be a range of new hatchbacks, saloons, estate cars, compact crossovers, family SUVs and 7-seaters to look forward to.

What cars are new in Ireland in 2021? We’ve listed all the new models from the brands reaching Ireland in 2021 and those already here for the new 211 registration! We will try to keep this article updated throughout the year as more new models are added.

ALFA ROMEO

Giulia and Stelvio get some minor updates. The Tonale, Alfa Romeo's first compact SUV, should debut in 2021 featuring the brand's first plug-in hybrid powertrain.

AUDI

The new generation Audi A3 was one of the German brand's biggest new releases in 2020, with hatchback and saloon versions going on sale here since the summer. Petrol and diesel feature, as does mild hybrid technology for the first time. Now in January 2021, the popular A3 range will be joined by the first ever plug-in hybrid - the Audi A3 Sportback TFSI e with an all-electric range of 65 km (WLTP). There's also a new high performance Audi S3 Sportback and S3 Saloon from spring 2021. The Q3 and Q3 Sportback range will also debut plug-in hybrids from January. The Audi Q2 small SUV gets a refresh in early 2021. There is also an updated Audi Q5 range from January and a new Audi Q5 Sportback with sportier styling from the spring, with both diesel and plug-in hybrid options available. The new Audi e-tron Sportback is also new in showrooms for 2021, with a range of up to 409 km (WLTP). Audi is also launching sports models of their all-electric SUVs - the Audi e-tron S and the Audi e-tron S Sportback with up to 500 bhp. Finally, the Audi Q8 TFSI e plug-in hybrid will land into Audi showrooms in spring 2021.

The Audi Q5 Sportback, a new model for the Audi brand in 2021
The Audi Q5 Sportback, a new model for the Audi brand in 2021

BMW

BMW had a busy 2020 with plenty of new product launches including more plug-in hybrid models and the striking new 4 Series. The sporty BMW 128ti has just gone on sale with a 265 hp petrol engine. 2021 will see the arrival of a 4 Series Convertible, high performance M3 and M4, and all-electric iX3 SUV and iX. BMW Ireland now offers plug-in hybrids across 2 Series Active Tourer, 3 Series Saloon and Touring, 5 Series Saloon and Touring, 7 Series Saloon and LWB Saloon, X1, X2, X3, and X5.

CITROEN

2021 will see the arrival of a new updated Citroen C3 range, as well as a new Citroen C5 Aircross plug-in hybrid with an electric range up to 60 km (WLTP). There will also be the exciting launch of the new Citroen C4 and Citroen e-C4. There is radical SUV-coupe styling and a choice of petrol, diesel or electric powertrains. The electric e-C4 uses a 50 kWh battery to offer 350 km range from a single charge.

Exciting new electric Citroen e-C4 to debut in 2021
Exciting new electric Citroen e-C4 to debut in 2021

CUPRA 

New models include the high performance Leon, Leon Sportstourer and the Formentor, which is the brand's first exclusive model. The first all-electric CUPRA el-Born is expected before the end of 2021.

DACIA

The new Dacia Sandero and Dacia Sandero Stepway are available in Ireland from March 2021. In the autumn the popular Dacia Duster will receive an update with new styling and improved technology.

FIAT

2021 will see the arrival of the first electric Fiat 500 city car. Hybrid versions are already on sale here.

FORD

Ford got its mojo back in 2020 with the launch of the new Puma compact crossover and addition of mild hybrid technology to some of the brand's most popular models like Fiesta and Focus. We also saw an all-new generation of the Kuga hit showrooms, with the choice of diesel or plug-in hybrid. Now in 2021, Ford adds a full Kuga Hybrid to complete the range. There's also a high performance Ford Puma ST on the way. The most exciting model launch is surely the arrival of the new Mustang Mach-E in the summer. This all-electric SUV has a 600 km range.

The new Ford Mustang Mach-E will be one of the hottest releases of 2021
The new Ford Mustang Mach-E will be one of the hottest releases of 2021

HONDA

At the tail end of 2020, Honda welcomed the all-new Honda e electric city car to Ireland. In 2021, the new Honda Jazz Hybrid and Jazz Crosstar will arrive, along with a new all-electric SUV. Both the Jazz Hybrid and the Crosstar will use the newly developed e:HEV system based on a 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC petrol engine, a lithium-ion battery and two compact electric motors.

HYUNDAI

Lots of new cars and SUVs over at Hyundai in 2021. Arriving just in time for new 211 registrations is the all-new Hyundai Tucson, a consistent bestseller in Ireland. It's now available in diesel and petrol hybrid, with plug-in hybrid on the way in 2021. There's also a new version of the Hyundai i20 supermini and an updated version of the i30 hatchback. The new Santa Fe large SUV also debuts, available in diesel or plug-in hybrid. The popular Hyundai Kona also gets a refresh for 2021 across the petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric range.

The most exciting new model at Hyundai is the new Tucson, with a plug-in hybrid to join in 2021
The most exciting new model at Hyundai is the new Tucson, with a plug-in hybrid to join in 2021

JAGUAR

The story of Jaguar in 2021 is one the addition of new mild hybrid technology to the XE, XF, E-PACE and F-PACE, and a slew of new plug-in hybrid variants. There will be an updated Jaguar E-PACE range from March with a plug-in hybrid available for the first time that uses a new three cylinder petrol engine and has an all-electric range of up to 55 km. The Jaguar F-PACE also receives an update from February with the addition of a new plug-in hybrid with 404 hp and all-electric range of up to 53 km. The XF saloon range also receives some cosmetic enhancements from February.

JEEP

Expect to see the debut of the new Jeep Renegade 4xe plug-in hybrid.

KIA

Kia has just added new plug-in hybrid versions of the XCeed and Ceed SW to the range. An all-new generation of the popular Sorento SUV has also just arrived. A new Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid goes on sale from February. Later in the year, a new electric model will debut for the brand.

LAND ROVER

Plug-in hybrid technology now available across the entire Range Rover family, as well as Discovery Sport and Defender. After a successful launch of the new Defender in 2020, the new year sees the arrival of the first ever Land Rover Defender plug-in hybrid. New Defender P400e is the most powerful Defender with 404 hp and an electric range of 43 km. There's also a new Defender Hard Top commercial available in 90 and 110 body designs, with a range of Ingenium diesel engines. Discovery Sport now available as plug-in hybrid with an all-electric range of 55 km. The Discovery range in 2021 also debuts a trio of new straight-six Ingenium engines, both petrol and diesel, featuring 48V Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology for enhanced efficiency, performance and smoothness.  There's also a new look Discovery Commercial for 2021, available exclusively with Land Rover’s new D300 3.0-litre Ingenium diesel with MHEV technology. The Range Rover Evoque adds a new plug-in hybrid and 200 hp, three-cylinder, 1.5-litre Ingenium petrol engine. Also available with two updated four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engines featuring MHEV technology. The Range Rover Velar P400e plug-in hybrid also debuts from February, along with a new family of 3.0-litre straight-six Ingenium engines with 48-volt mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV) technology.

Land Rover will launch a range of plug-in hybrids, including the Range Rover Evoque
Land Rover will launch a range of plug-in hybrids, including the Range Rover Evoque plug-in hybrid

LEXUS

A new all-electric Lexus UX 300e compact crossover debuts in 2021 and is the first all electric model for the Japanese brand.

MAZDA

2021 sees the arrival of the all-electric Mazda MX-30 to Ireland. There's also a minor update to the CX-3 range.

MERCEDES-BENZ

First to arrive in January is the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, followed later in the month by a Maybach GLS, the first foray by the German carmaker into the luxury crossover segment. In June, revised versions of the 4-door CLS Coupé and AMG GT 4-door Coupé, along with a new S580 Maybach, are scheduled. Following later in the year is a new Mercedes-Benz SL two-door sports model and a new C-Class in Saloon, Estate and All-Terrain model variants. 2021 will also see the arrival of some new fully electric models including the EQV in January and the EQA in April, the first electric version of the GLA compact SUV. In August, we will see the S-Class inspired EQS luxury saloon. Towards year-end, a new AMG EQS 53 and new E-Class inspired EQE executive saloon are expected. There's also a big focus on hybrids in 2021, including the Irish debut of the A 250e, B 250e, GLA 250e and CLA 250e in Coupé and Shooting Brake versions. Mercedes-Benz Ireland will also welcome the new GLC 300e and GLC 300de hybrids, and GLE 350de and GLE Coupé 350de, all with 4Matic transmission. Scheduled for later in the year are C-Class and S-Class petrol powered hybrids –  C 300e and S 580e.

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, available in Ireland from January
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, available in Ireland from January

MG

MG is back in Ireland for 2021 with an all-new range of hybrids and pure electric vehicles. The range will be kicking off with the all-electric MG ZS compact crossover and the MG HS plug-in hybrid SUV. This will be followed by the MG5 Sportswagon, a full electric estate model.

MINI

In 2021, the brand will welcome a new MINI Countryman with updated design, new equipment and technology. That means there's also a new version of the Countryman Plug-in Hybrid ALL4 on the way.

MITSUBISHI

There will be no new model introductions in 2021 from the Japanese brand. Sales of current Mitsubishi models will continue including the Outlander PHEV, Space Star and L200.

The MG ZS electric compact crossover is on sale now in Ireland
MG makes a return to Ireland with the ZS electric compact crossover and HS plug-in hybrid

NISSAN

2021 is a big year for Nissan with new model launches and trim updates for popular models like the Micra and Juke. The Nissan Ariya large electric SUV will arrive before the end of the year, with a range up to 500 km (WLTP). The Nissan Qashqai will also be replaced by an all-new generation of the popular family crossover in the second half of 2021. The Micra range is joined by two new trim levels - the Micra N-Design and Micra N-Sport. The N-Design will receive new interior and exterior styling finishes including gloss black or chrome mirror caps and body finishers, and new interior seating designs. The N-Sport will feature 17” alloy wheels and part leather seating. A new special edition Juke will become available from November called Juke Enigma. The Enigma will be based on the current SV Premium Grade and will be available in three colours - Black, White Pearl and Grey, along with 19” black alloy wheels, black roof and body decals as standard. There is also the introduction of a new entry grade Nissan LEAF XE 40 kWh. In addition a new SV entry grade has also been added to the LEAF 62 kWh range.

OPEL

January will kick off with the arrival of a new version of the Opel Crossland compact crossover with updated styling, improved chassis, and more technology. It will be available with petrol and diesel engines.  From March, we will see the arrival of the new Opel Mokka, which will be available with petrol and diesel engines, and there will also be an electric version for the first time. The Opel Mokka-e has a range of up to 322km (WLTP) and 100 kW DC fast charging is available. 2021 also sees the debut of the new Opel Zafira-e Life, an electric version of the brand's large, van-based people carrier. Fitted with a 75 kWh battery, the new Zafira-e Life has a range of up to 330 km (WLTP), or 230 km when fitted with a 50 kWh battery.

The new Opel Mokka will be an exciting new release of 2021
The new Opel Mokka will be an exciting new release of 2021

PEUGEOT

2020 was a busy year for the French brand with the arrival of new electrified models like the e-208, e-2008, and 3008 and 508 plug-in hybrids. New for 2021 are facelifted ranges of the popular Peugeot 3008 and Peugeot 5008.

RENAULT

The brand has just launched a range of new hybrid and plug-in hybrid models in Ireland including the Clio E-TECH Hybrid, Captur E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid and Megane Sport Tourer E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid. The Megane Hatch E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid will join later in 2021. There is also an updated Renault Megane range in dealers with a styling refresh and multimedia update, with the saloon to receive the same update in early 2021. Renault will introduce a new TCe 120 variant, powered by an efficient three-cylinder engine. The new Renault Arkana SUV-coupe will launch late in 2021, with a choice of powertrains, including an E-TECH Hybrid option.

Renault launches a new range of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles
Renault launches a new range of hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles

SEAT

2020 saw the arrival of an all-new SEAT Leon range, available as a hatchback or estate. A SEAT Leon e-hybrid also debuts. New for 2021, buyers will find an updated SEAT Ateca range in dealers with updated styling. The brand’s largest SUV, the SEAT Tarraco, gains a range of updates. In the rear, the lettering “Tarraco” is now stamped in the new handwriting style that is becoming a trend in the SEAT models, while the functional rear coast-to-coast LED lights are now standard equipment across all trim levels. There is also a new SEAT Tarraco FR with sporty styling. The Tarraco is now also available with a combination of diesel TDI engine with front-wheel drive and DSG.

SKODA

2020 saw high profile launches such as the new Kamiq and the Octavia, as well as the first Skoda plug-in hybrid, the Superb iV. In 2021, the biggest new release will be the Skoda Enyaq all-electric SUV in June with up to 510 km range, while a plug-in hybrid will also be added to the Octavia range from May. High performance Octavia RS models are also joining the range from February, with the first ever Octavia RS iV plug-in hybrid model available, as well as traditional petrol and diesel models.

SKODA will launch the new flagship ENYAQ electric SUV in summer 2021
SKODA will launch the new flagship ENYAQ electric SUV in summer 2021

SUZUKI

Facelifted versions of the Ignis and Swift are available in dealerships now. Hybrid technology available now across the Swift, Ignis, S-Cross and Vitara range.

SSANGYONG

2021 will kick off with the arrival of the SsangYong Korando Commercial. In March there's the arrival of the SsangYong Tivoli Plus with an all-new 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine available for the first time. There's also a Tivoli XLV to arrive with petrol and diesel engines. 2021 will also see the arrival of the new SsangYong Rexton Commercial and in July the new Rexton will be launched as a 5 Seat Business Edition/Utility Vehicle. A facelifted Musso and Musso Grand will arrive in March. In the autumn we can expect to see the brand's first electric vehicle, the Korando EV.

SUBARU

2020 saw the arrival of mild hybrid technology to the Forester and XV ranges. A new Subaru Outback is expected before the end of 2021.

Toyota's new compact SUV, the Yaris Cross, is expected in 2021
Toyota's new compact SUV, the Yaris Cross, is expected in 2021

TOYOTA

The Toyota Highlander will debut in Ireland from January as a new 7-seater SUV for the brand. It will be exclusively hybrid and all wheel drive. Hot on the wheels of the arrival of the all-new generation of the Yaris in 2020, a high performance Toyota GR Yaris will arrive in Ireland from January with 257 hp. The new Toyota Yaris Cross is scheduled from August, and is a new small SUV based on the Yaris. It will also be sold exclusively as a hybrid.

VOLKSWAGEN

2020 was a busy year with the arrival of the new Golf and ID.3 electric hatchback. 2021 will continue with the arrival of the new Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV from January. There's also a facelifted Arteon range in dealers and new Arteon Shooting Brake. Plug-in hybrid versions are available of the Golf, Arteon and Toureg. There's also a new facelifted Tiguan expected, including a new plug-in hybrid and the first ever Tiguan R. High performance Golf GTI, GTD and GTE variants are also new.

VOLVO

There are refreshed variants of the V90 and S90 in showrooms, with new B4 and B5 mild hybrid diesels. There is also a new Inscription Expression trim line available across the range of Recharge plug-in hybrids. The XC40 range is joined by a new entry level T2 petrol with 129 hp. The Volvo XC40 Recharge will arrive in summer 2021 and is the first all-electric version of the popular compact Volvo SUV.

Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV goes on sale in Ireland in 2021
Volkswagen ID.4 electric SUV goes on sale in Ireland in 2021

There have been some changes to motor tax that will affect private cars from 1st January 2021

Guide To Irish Motor Tax Rates 2021

There have been some changes to motor tax that will affect private cars from 1st January 2021
There have been some changes to motor tax that will affect private cars from 1st January 2021

2021 sees some changes to motor tax in Ireland and the rates you will pay.

Paying motor tax is a legal requirement for every vehicle driven in a public place, whether it's a car, van, truck or bus. Once you have payed, your tax disc will be issued and must be displayed in the windscreen of your car or you could be issued with a €60 fine.

In Ireland it is the role of local authorities to collect motor tax. The local county council offices offer counter services, but you can also tax your vehicle online through a website called Motor Tax Online. You can use the website for tasks such as renewing motor tax, getting refunds, declaring a vehicle temporarily off the road, change of vehicle ownership and change of personal details.

How much is motor tax in Ireland for private cars?

Motor tax for privately owned cars is calculated in three different ways, depending on the age of your vehicle. Please scroll down to view our simple list of Irish motor tax rates.

If your car was registered before July 2008, the motor tax rate is calculated based on the engine capacity. There are no changes to the rates table for these cars in 2021.

If your car was registered between 1st July 2008 to the end of 2020, the motor tax rate is calculated based on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle. In 2021 minor changes will apply to the existing rates table for cars taxed on CO2 emissions.

If your car is registered from 1 January 2021, a third rate of Motor Tax is being introduced to take account of the introduction of the ‘Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Testing Procedure’ (WLTP), a more realistic means of measuring CO2 values.

Electric car owners pay the lowest tax rate of all for their vehicles, at €120 per year.

1. Rates based on engine size (car registered before 1st July 2008)

Engine Capacity (CC) Annual Rate
Not over 1,000 €199
1,001 to 1,100 €299
1,101 to 1,200 €330
1,201 to 1,300 €358
1,301 to 1,400 €385
1,401 to 1,500 €413
1,501 to 1,600 €514
1,601 to 1,700 €544
1,701 to 1,800 €636
1,801 to 1,900 €673
1,901 to 2,000 €710
2,001 to 2,100 €906
2,101 to 2,200 €951
2,201 to 2,300 €994
2,301 to 2,400 €1,034
2,401 to 2,500 €1,080
2,501 to 2,600 €1,294
2,601 to 2,700 €1,345
2,701 to 2,800 €1,391
2,801 to 2,900 €1,443
2,901 to 3,000 €1,494
3,001 or more €1,809
Electric €120

 

2. Rates based on C02 emissions (car registered from 1st July 2008 to 31st December 2020)

Band CO2 Emissions Annual Rate
A0 0 €120
A1 1-80g €170
A2 81-100g €180
A3 101-110g €190
A4 111-120g €200
B1 121-130g €270
B2 131-140g €280
C 141-155g €400
D 156-170g €600
E 171-190g €790
F 191-225g €1250
G More than 225g €2400

 

3. Rates based on C02 emissions calculated from WLTP value (car registered from 1st January 2021)

WLTP CO2 Annual Rate
Band A: 0g €120
Band A1: 1-50g €140
Band A2: 51-80g €150
Band A3: 81-90g €160
Band A4: 91-100g €170
Band A5: 101-110g €180
Band A6: 111-120g €190
Band B1: 121-130g €200
Band B2: 131-140g €210
Band C1: 141-150g €270
Band C2: 151-160g €280
Band D: 161-170g €420
Band E: 171-190g €600
Band F1: 191-200g €790
Band F2: 201-225g €1,250
Band G: more than 225g €2,400

A motor tax disc can be issued for 3, 6 or 12 months, with the best value had when you pay a year at a time.

Commercial Motor Tax Rates

Electric light commercial vehicles (up to 1500kg) pay just €92 per year in commercial motor tax. Most light commercial vehicles powered by a combustion engine (up to 3000kg) pay €333 per year in commercial motor tax.

The annual rate for a vehicle between 3000 and 4000kg is €420, between 4,000kg and 12,000kg is €500, and €900 per year for vehicles over 12,000kg.

Anything else?

If you sell your car or trade it in for a new one, you have to complete the change of ownership procedure. You won’t be able to tax your new vehicle until the change of ownership has been registered.

You can temporarily declare your vehicle off road and not pay motor tax for that period. You cannot drive the vehicle on a public road while it is declared off road. It must be done in advance by completing a form where you can select a period between 3 and 12 months. The declaration of non-use must be made in the same month that your current motor tax disc expires. If arrears in motor tax are due these must be paid in full and you must also pay a minimum of 3 months motor tax, before a declaration of non-use can be made.

You will find more information on Motor Tax Online. The Citizens’ Information website also has a lot of information on everything to do with motor tax in Ireland.


Changing Lanes introduces you to Trinity Motor Group, and their extensive portfolio of world-leading car brands

Dealer Spotlight: Trinity Motor Group, Wexford

Changing Lanes introduces you to Trinity Motor Group, and their extensive portfolio of world-leading car brands
Changing Lanes introduces you to Trinity Motor Group, and their extensive portfolio of world-leading car brands

Editor's note: In January 2021 it was announced that Trinity Motor Group has acquired Sinnott Autos in Wicklow Town and would take over the running of two well established Volkswagen and Skoda franchise dealerships in the town at two sites on the Dublin Road. Read more about the expansion of Trinity Motor Group here. Trinity Volkswagen and Trinity Skoda, Wicklow, will join the Group's already impressive portfolio of car brands. 

In the first of a new interview series on Changing Lanes, we meet Nicola Murphy of Trinity Motor Group to find out more about this automotive retail and service business that started out in 1995 on Trinity Street, Wexford, selling Land Rover and Rover cars.

In business for 25 years, the family-owned and managed Trinity Motor Group has since moved out of the town centre to nearby Ardcavan and operates from two sites, now representing five brands - Mazda, Peugeot, Land Rover, Jaguar and Mitsubishi - and also includes a service centre and extensive used car selection.

Nicola Murphy of Trinity Motor Group
Nicola Murphy of Trinity Motor Group

Immaculately presented cars are combined with exceptional customer service and attention to detail, with a hard-working team across retail and service. The dealer group has won many prestigious awards including Mazda Retailer of the Year in 2018 and again in 2019, Peugeot Service Manager of the Year 2017, and Land Rover Master Technician of the Year for Ireland, going on to represent Ireland in the European competition.

The Group opened a state-of-the-art Mazda showroom in 2017, designed to match the premium quality of the Mazda product, and is an eye-catching landmark in itself.

Nicola Murphy joined the Trinity team in 2016 and looks after marketing for the Group. In this interview, Nicola tells us more about Trinity Motor Group, how the business has adapted to a challenging 2020, the arrival of new hybrid and electric vehicles, and her outlook for the sector in 2021.

1. Can you introduce your dealer group and what you do?

Trinity Motors is proud to represent world-leading brands such as Mazda, Peugeot, Mitsubishi and Jaguar Land Rover. We currently operate from two locations in Ardcavan, County Wexford, just minutes from Wexford Town. Trinity Motors also stocks a broad range of approved, pre-owned vehicles from all leading manufacturers and we are specialists in premium cars and 4x4s. We also offer a car sourcing facility, which allows customers to order their next new or used car directly from Trinity, to the exact specification required. This one stop shop is hugely popular with our customers who enjoy the convenience and hassle-free experience it delivers.

Trinity Service Centre, located at the Trinity Mazda and Trinity Mitsubishi dealership, is an official Jaguar Land Rover authorised repairer, in addition to Mazda and Mitsubishi. We service all makes and models in a state-of-the-art facility, which includes all the technical equipment and expertise to handle the latest generation of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. We offer the same great after-sales care for Peugeot in our dedicated Trinity Peugeot site.

Trinity Motor Group offers a modern automotive retail experience and service centre just outside Wexford Town
Trinity Motor Group offers a modern automotive retail experience and service centre just outside Wexford Town. Can you spot the Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition?

2. What’s the history of the business?

We have been in business for 25 years here in Wexford. Our business is family-owned and operated, founded in 1995 by Eddie Murphy on Trinity Street, Wexford, hence the company name. The value placed on delivering a truly exceptional customer experience has seen the business flourish over the years. We have stayed true to our core principles of being customer driven and truly appreciative of our team that delivers customer satisfaction each and every day. Associated with the Land Rover brand since the beginning, Trinity Motors has grown to represent five brands now, with continued growth planned.

3. What kind of showroom experience do you want to create for customers and what steps have you taken to improve it over the years?

At Trinity Motors we aim to make customers feel welcome, comfortable and at ease when they visit our dealerships. This makes the experience an enjoyable one for the customer, and we believe it should be enjoyable. Choosing a vehicle should be something to take pleasure in when doing it, and something to look back fondly on when reflecting on the experience. Delivering that experience brings our customers back and we win new customers through recommendations. At the end of the day this is a family business and we want to deliver the best experience possible to all our customers across Sales, Service, Parts and Accessories.

Jamie Dunphy, James Murphy and Shane Sinnott of the Trinity Mazda Sales Team, launching new online services for customers to engage with
Jamie Dunphy, James Murphy and Shane Sinnott of the Trinity Mazda Sales Team, launching new online services for customers to engage with

4. You operate a number of franchise dealerships. What are your thoughts on your current model line-up and how have the latest models been received by your customers?

We are very fortunate to work with such exceptional brands and to be able to provide our customers with a range of vehicles that meet all needs - from the small and practical, to the large and luxurious. Hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles are growing in popularity, and all of our brands now have something electrified to offer our customers. We can still cater for those who wish to buy a traditional petrol or diesel model. We have invested heavily in new technology to charge plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, and carry out maintenance and repair on all the latest models. Some of the highlights of our range are the electric Peugeot e-208, e-2008 and Mazda MX-30, as well Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (plug-in hybrid), all exciting new models which have proven very popular with our customers, and have won over many new customers to these brands.

5. 2020 was a challenging year with unprecedented disruption to traditional ways of retailing. How has your dealer group adapted to these changes?

There is no doubt that 2020 has been a challenging year but it has for the vast majority of people and businesses. In particular those directly affected by illness, and frontline workers who have really had a difficult year.

Ultimately, we have a great team of people working within the Trinity Motor Group. They really stepped up this year as we all adapted to new processes and safety measures to reopen, stay operational and keep our customers and staff safe. Even through lockdown, our service departments remained operational to assist our customers and to look after the vehicles of frontline workers to keep them mobile so they could help others. It’s thanks to our own team that this was possible. In addition, we have had to adapt and improve our online business model as customers shop and buy remotely.

Trinity Motor Group also offers Peugeot sales and service at Ardcavan, Wexford
Trinity Motor Group also offers Peugeot sales and service at Ardcavan, Wexford

6. What’s your outlook for your sector in 2021?

We are feeling positive about 2021 despite the challenges that we all have faced this year. Consumer sentiment in our experience is very positive and orders for 2021 are very strong, with an increase in the level of demand for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Competitive finance options are also proving to be hugely helpful in assisting customers in making decisions. We are also fortunate to have so many new model launches across our brands, which are winning a lot of new customers.

7. Can you share with us goals and ambitions for your dealer group in 2021?

As always, we will aim to improve on our past performance and listen carefully to our customers' requirements. Further growth is on the horizon for the Trinity Motor Group as we begin the next quarter of a century in business. We hope that 2021 will prove a positive year of change for everyone and that our country will flourish as it emerges from such an unprecedented period. We are looking forward to the challenges ahead and the opportunities that may present themselves.

Tinity Motors' new Peugeot e-208 on the quays in Wexford Town
Trinity Motors' new Peugeot e-208 on the quays in Wexford Town

8. Is there anything else you would like to say to our readers about your business?

Firstly, we would like to give a heartfelt thanks to our staff for the exceptional effort they have delivered this year in very uncertain times. We would also like to thank our customers for their continued loyalty and support. We look forward to 2021 and to welcoming both existing and new customers to our showrooms in what we hope will be far happier times for everyone. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers, teams and indeed everyone a very happy Christmas and healthy New Year.

Trinity Motor Group is also launching a new website, with more services for buyers to engage online with the sales team and product.

Visit www.trinitymotors.ie

The Mitsubishi L200, another worthy vehicle in the Trinity Motors portfolio!
The Mitsubishi L200, another worthy vehicle in the Trinity Motors' portfolio!

Thank you to Nicola for taking part in this interview.

If you would like your dealership or dealer group featured on Changing Lanes, please email caroline@changinglanes.ie 


211 car offers for Ireland

211 Offers And Car Deals For Ireland

211 car offers for Ireland
Thinking about buying a new car this winter? Check out these 211 offers

Thinking of buying a new car this winter? Manufacturers are releasing 211 offers, car deals and finance offers ahead of the new 211 registration period, which starts on January 1st 2021. At Changing Lanes, we’ve put together a list of 211 offers and any scrappage deals available in Ireland at this time to help you find the best deal for you. This list will be updated as more manufacturers release their offers. For more information visit the manufacturer’s website or your local dealer.

AUDI

PCP finance available from 2.9% APR on the Audi A6 and from 3.9% on the new Audi A3 and Q3.

BMW

Finance offers starting from 1.9% on the new BMW 1 Series, 2.9% on new 2 Series Gran Coupé and X1, and 3.9% on 3 Series, new 4 Series and 5 Series.

CITROEN

0% finance available on the Citroen C5 Aircross, C3, C3 Aircross, C4 Cactus and Grand C4 Spacetourer. 3.9% APR on C1, Berlingo and Spacetourer.

DACIA

Best offer on Dacia Duster with 0% APR and 3 months deferred payments available.

FIAT

When you buy on finance deals, deposit contributions of between €500 and €2200 depending on model including Fiat 500 Hybrid, Panda, 500X, Tipo and 500L.

FORD

Reductions on highly specced versions of Ford’s most popular models including the Ford Fiesta with a saving of up to €750, Ford EcoSport with a saving of up to €2,350, Ford Puma with a saving of up to €1,700, Ford Focus with a saving of up to €2,950, Ford Kuga with a saving of up to €3,150, Ford Mondeo with a saving of up to €2,000 and savings of €1,200 and €2,250 off the S-MAX and Galaxy. For vehicles ordered before the end of December 2020 and registered during January 2021.

HONDA

3.9% APR available on selected models in the Civic range, ordered before 31st December 2020. Free home charger installation worth €600 from SSE Airtricity available with every sale of new Honda e electric city car.

HYUNDAI 

Buyers can avail of 5 years free servicing or 3.9% finance or Eco Upgrade offer of up to €5,000. Offer applies to i10, i20, i30 Hatchback, Tucson, Tucson Hybrid, KONA, KONA Hybrid, KONA Electric, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Plug-in Hybrid, IONIQ Electric, IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid. Book by 31st December 2020 and register by 30th January 2021.

JEEP

Offer available on selected Renegade models. 5.9% APR on PCP finance plus deposit contributions of €1200 available.

KIA

Order any 211 Kia by December 18th 2020 and get a free €500 SuperValu gift card. Hire Purchase from 0% APR available on Sportage, Stonic, Niro Plug-In Hybrid and Ceed range. PCP finance at 3.9% across the Kia range.

MAZDA

Mazda3 and Mazda CX-30 available with a €2,000 contribution and 4.9% APR on PCP and HP finance. Mazda2 offer includes choice of €750 contribution or 4.9% finance. Mazda MX-30 also on offer with 4.9% finance. €2,000 savings also available on Mazda6 or a choice of 4.9% finance. Mazda CX-5 buyers can avail of a €1,500 contribution or 4.9% finance.

MERCEDES-BENZ

A-Class and C-Class available from 3.9% APR, with 4.9% APR available on rest of the range.

MG

2.9% PCP interest rate and the option of zero deposit plus a free home charge point and cable.

MINI

Finance offers from 2.9% available with an exclusive upgrade contribution of up to €1000 for Sport/ Exclusive Style models.

MITSUBISHI

0%* APR HP finance offer and a free home charge point worth €800 available on Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. 2.9% APR HP finance on or €1,200 trade-in booster on the L200 manual ordered before end of January 2021. 3.9% finance on Space Star.

NISSAN

LEAF available with 0% finance, free home charger and one year’s free servicing. 3.9% PCP finance available on rest of the range and 0% on new Micra. Guaranteed Minimum €3,000 scrappage on your old car when you buy a 211 Nissan. Scrappage available on all models. Nissan's 'Subscribe & Drive' new monthly subscription service allows motorists to own a new 211 Nissan car from €351 per month without having to pay a deposit. Subscription available on all Nissan models.

OPEL

2.9% APR PCP or HP finance across the range plus 3 years' free servicing.

PEUGEOT

211 offers include 5 year warranty (3 year manufacturer warranty + 2 year extension), APR from 3.9% on PCP and HP finance, scrappage up to €4000 or deposit contribution up to €500.

RENAULT

211 offers available until 31st January 2021 across hybrid and electric ranges. Customers can avail of €1,000 Green Grant,  2.11% APR HP and 3 months’ deferred payments.

SKODA

3 years' servicing and 0% finance rates available on Karoq, Kodiaq, Superb, Scala, Fabia and Kamiq.

SUBARU

Order your new Subaru online to avail of a €2000 online discount or 2.9% finance.

SUZUKI

0% finance on Swift, Ignis, Vitara and S-Cross.

SEAT

0% PCP finance available across Ibiza, Arona, Ateca and Tarracro. 1.9% APR available on Leon and Alhambra. Customers can also get a heavily discounted 3 year service plan for just €9.99 per month. Online scrappage vouchers up to €5,000 with 5.9% PCP finance available too.

TOYOTA

Aygo available from 2.9% APR on x-clusiv grade with €500 finance contribution. Yaris hybrid and petrol available from 3.9% APR. Corolla hatchback and saloon from 3.9% APR with €1,000 finance contribution or €1,000 trade-in booster. C-HR available from 3.9% APR with €1,750 finance contribution or €1,500 trade-in booster. RAV4 from 4.9% APR with €1,500 finance contribution. Camry from 4.9% APR with €3,000 finance contribution or €1,500 trade-in booster.

VOLKSWAGEN

0% APR on the new Golf, Passat and Tiguan Allspace. Polo, T-Cross, Tiguan, Touran and ID.3 from 1.9% APR. Discounted Service Plans at €10 per month and flexible deposit options available.

We’ll be updating this article as new offers are added.


New high power IONITY chargers have arrived in Ireland!

How To Use IONITY At Circle K In Ireland

New high power IONITY chargers have arrived in Ireland!
New high power IONITY chargers have arrived in Ireland!

Circle K and IONITY have partnered to bring the first 350 kW electric vehicle (EV) chargers to Ireland. The company is planning 400 stations along major European routes with over 310 already in action across the continent and six already in Ireland. Here's a guide to using them to charge your electric car!

What is IONITY?

Europe’s leading high-power charging provider. IONITY was founded in 2017 with the aim of providing a network of reliable, high-performance charging stations along Europe's main transport routes. It is a joint venture by BMW Group, Mercedes Benz AG, Ford Motor Company, Hyundai Motor Group and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche. The company is headquartered in Munich with an additional office in Oslo, Norway, an employs more than 75 people.

How does it work?

You can use if your car is equipped with the leading European standard Combined Charging System (CCS). The charge point is usually found on the front wing of the vehicle or at the front of the car. Remove the adaptor from the charge point and insert into the CCS. The charger technology automatically optimises its charging speed to the maximum your car’s built-in battery management system can handle so you will always be charging at full speed. For example. the new Audi e-tron can charge at 150 kW so it's possible to get from 10% to 100% battery power in just 40 minutes.

How to pay for IONITY

At launch it cost €8 per session but a kilowatt hour based pricing structure is in place since 31st January 2020. Many manufacturers are offering special packages with contactless cards that you can present at the charger for convenient, easy access. Connected Mobility Service Providers (MSP) like Audi e-tron Charging Service, Mercedes me Charge, BMW ChargeNow, Porsche Charging Service and Volkswagen WeCharge offer more financially attractive and bespoke packages for motorway drivers. You can also pay via the app when you register an account. For third-party payments, the company advises that you check directly with your mobility service provider for their rates. Customers who do not have a contract with an MSP will pay €0.73 cent per kWh to charge their EV.

IONITY is simple and easy to use
IONITY is simple and easy to use

Where can I charge with IONITY in Ireland?

There are currently six motorway Circle K sites in Ireland with this new high power charging installed: Circle K Cashel, Tipperary, Circle K Athlone on the M6, Circle K City North on the M1, Circle K Gorey on the M11, Circle K Kill South and Kill North on the M7.

Is there an app?

Yes you can download a smartphone app that shows the position and availability of charging stations.

Can Tesla use IONITY?

Tesla has its own supercharger network throughout Europe but popular models like the new Model 3 can be charged using IONITY chargers. Model S and Model X can be charged if you have a CCS adaptor.

New IONITY rapid charging station opens at Circle K Kill South on the N7
New IONITY rapid charging station opens at Circle K Kill South on the N7

Local customer service phone numbers are displayed at all charging stations. For trouble charging using an IONITY charger in Ireland or any other support request, call +35316917020 to receive immediate assistance.


TowTruck247.ie dublin towing company

Interview With TowTruck247, Dublin Towing Company

TowTruck247.ie dublin towing company
Behind the scenes with a Dublin-based towing company! We talk to TowTruck247.ie to find out more about this business

In this interview we talk to Andrew from TowTruck247.ie, a Dublin towing company, to find out more about the car recovery business. Andrew tells us about what the company offers Irish motorists as well as his experience in specialised classic car transportation and what he likes most about helping people on the roads in need. Also, please read down for some professional advice on how to stay safe at the side of the road should you have a car breakdown!

1. Can you introduce yourself and what you do?

TowTruck247 is a car breakdown recovery and towing company based in Dublin. We offer quick, professional assistance for cars and light commercial vehicles. We also offer our customers roadside assistance, flat battery jump start, battery replacement on the spot, scrap car removal, nationwide towing service or nationwide car transportation. We are a fully insured and registered towing company, accepting all types of payment - cash, card payment, payment over the phone, payment by cheque and bank transfers. We can also provide a VAT invoice. We are proud of our fleet of trucks, which are well-maintained and ready for call-outs anywhere in Ireland.

2. How did you get started in the car towing and recovery business?

I decided to open my own business after a few years working as a driver in a towing and recovery company.

3. What areas are you available for call-outs and how quickly can your towing company respond?

We are available for all local jobs in the counties of Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Meath. In Dublin you can avail of our services across districts such as Crumlin, Tallaght, Dundrum, Rathgar, Rathmines, Terenure, Blackrock, Stillorgan, Ballsbridge and Donnybrook. We can dispatch our truck in as little as 35 minutes in response to call-outs. We can send our tow truck to any destination on the island of Ireland. We very often receive calls to tow a car for example from Cork to Dublin or from Dublin to Galway, or even from Belfast to Limerick.

You can request a quote online from TowTruck247
You can request a quote online from TowTruck247

4. What type of vehicles can you assist with?

We can do towing and recovery for all models of car, SUV, vans/light commercial vehicles. We also assist in the recovery of motorbikes and vintage cars because we have the knowledge and experience to deal safely with expensive and rare vehicles.

5. Can you describe a typical day at TowTruck247?

We operate a 24 hour service so our drivers work in shifts. When our drivers begin their shift, they carry out a number of routine checks on the truck, inside and outside. A typical day for us would be busy in the morning with call-outs, quiet during lunchtime, and after 2 or 3 pm it starts to get busy again with calls from drivers who have broken down and require assistance. Nights are usually quiet but we can get one or two calls per night.  When the shift is finished, the driver clocks out and can go home to rest.

6. When you arrive at the scene of a call-out, what checks and routines do you go through before work can commence to secure the vehicle? 

When we arrive the first thing we do is switch on all the hazard lights on the tow truck. After all lights are on and the truck is safely parked, we can get out and access if the driver needs any health help. We check the condition of the car before we do anything - is the car starting? Are the wheels rolling or stuck? We must also make sure all occupants have left the vehicle before we start. Once all checks have been made, we attach a special hook under the car to begin pulling it. Once in position on the trailer we secure all four wheels with special straps and we're ready to go.

TowTruck247 offer a quality classic car transportation service around Ireland for your precious vintage car!
TowTruck247 offer a quality classic car transportation service around Ireland for your precious vintage car!

7. Can you tell us about the most precious cars you have helped out with a tow?

From my experience the most precious car was a 2016 Bentley Continental GTS V8. Everything was fine with the car, it just needed transportation from Dublin to Donegal for one of our customers. Our most unusual jobs are when we deal with classic cars.  All vintage cars need more care and maximum attention when loading, during transportation, and unloading. They might be very old or not in the best condition.

8. What's the biggest challenge? 

When you work in towing and recovery for more than 10 years you understand that the biggest challenge in this business is when you get a call to rescue cars from the scene of a car accident. This is because you never know what to expect when you arrive there. How bad was the car crashed? How long will it take to clear the road? Will you need to block the whole road? Will Garda assistance be needed? and much more...

9. What do you enjoy about your work? 

Our job is hard and you need good skills. But as strange as it may sound, I like my job because I enjoy seeing people happy when I arrive to help them with their problems. And of course it's nice to work around cars.

10. When choosing a towing company, what should our readers look out for? 

These days it's easy to find a towing company but it's also easy to get unprofessional assistance from a company that is not registered or fully insured. My advice to drivers looking for towing and recovery service is to call a trusted company that is fully insured and qualified to do the work. Check the price of the service and the arrival time from the call-out. A cheap company might not be as professional as the one asking more. Also ask if you can pay by card with contact less payment to minimise risk in this time of Coronavirus. And always ask for a receipt.

what to do if your car breaks down
Do you know what to do to stay safe if your car breaks down at the side of the road?

11. How would you like to grow and develop your towing business over the next few years? 

We always do our best for our customers. Because happy customers mean one more step to success.

In the future we would like to expand our fleet of tow trucks, and hire more friendly and professional drivers and operators. We also plan to open more branches in cities like Cork, Galway, Limerick...

We would also like to gain more opportunities with insurance companies.

12. What advice do you have for anyone who gets stuck at the side of the road? 

The essential thing to bear in mind in this situation is to stay safe. If possible, the driver should position the car in a safe place as soon as possible. Put on the hazard and side lights. If you have a visibility vest, wear it. The driver and passengers should stay well away from the car, if possible. If the breakdown has happened on a national road or minor road, then the safest place to be is in the car. If the breakdown has happened on a motorway, do not place any warning device such as a triangle on the motorway as it may be too dangerous. Move your vehicle to the hard shoulder. Park as near to the left as you can. If you cannot do this, take steps to warn other drivers such as switching on your hazard warning lights. Do not walk on the motorway. Leave your vehicle through the left-hand door and make sure your passengers do the same. Leave animals in the vehicle or, in an emergency, keep them under control on the verge. Never try to do repairs yourself on the road. Contact a breakdown service provider right away!

It's always handy to have the number of a breakdown and recovery service in your phone in case of emergency so make a note of TowTruck247 on 087-6003684 for a professional towing service.

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Melina and her Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

Melina Mihaylova's Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

Melina and her Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet
Melina and her Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

This week we are meeting Melina Mihaylova and a beautiful Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet! Melina was born in Bulgaria, but is now living and working in London. Melina's day job is veterinary surgeon and her creative outlet is her lifestyle blog called Mell's World where she shares interesting features on her life and loves across beauty, lifestyle, travel, family and fast cars!

Melina has loved cars for most of her life. She clearly appreciates style and quality so she drives a current generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet. This model debuted back in 2014 and was a return to form for the German brand in the compact executive segment. The C-Class range quickly gained notoriety for refinement and interior elegance. The breadth of the range also means more options for customers with the new C-Class available as a saloon, estate, coupé or cabriolet.

In this interview Melina tells us more about where her passion for cars began and an interesting story of how she and her husband found their C-Class Cabriolet!

1. Can you introduce yourself to our readers in a few sentences?

My name is Melina but mostly I go by Melly or Mell. I’m a veterinary surgeon and I’ve got a lifestyle blog - Mell’s World. Recently upgraded to a mom as well, so I guess that will be affecting my car choices in the future as well! I’ve loved cars pretty much for as long as I can remember. When I was around 2-3 years old my Christmas wish was “4 expensive cars”, which at that time meant literally any little model car. My biggest dream was one with a remote control, which I never got, as they were very hard to find at that time in Bulgaria (where I was born). So I think I will be using my little boy as an excuse to fulfil that dream of mine! Otherwise, I got my driving license pretty much the moment I was legally allowed to and have been loving my time behind the wheel ever since.

The C-Class is known for its refinement and interior elegance
The C-Class is known for its refinement and interior elegance - check out that cabin!

2. What car do you drive?

At the moment we’ve got two cars - ‘17 Mercedes-Benz C220d Cabriolet and one epic little ‘06 Fiat Panda. Me and the husband don’t have “my car” and “your car”, however unlike me, he’s not really bothered by what he drives as long as it gets him to where he needs to be.

3. Why did you buy this car?

The Mercedes - we wanted a fun car. That was pretty much it. In the UK, contrary to popular beliefs, the weather is perfect for a convertible - not too cold and not too hot. So considering it was just me and the husband cruising around the country, the Merc was the best possible choice. I absolutely love it and it was actually funny how we bought it. We liked the model but many dealerships refused to sell one to us without a meeting or a test drive. However, at that particular time, both me and my husband were super busy at work (and let’s face it, it’s a brand new car, not much can be wrong with it), so in the end we found a place in North Wales willing to just sell the car and ship it to us from their showroom. And that’s how we bought a car via email.

4. What do you like about it?

I love the quality of the car - the materials, the interior, the comfort...the moment you get in it you feel super relaxed and luxurious. It’s not a car for speed and racing, although it can be quite nippy when you switch to Sport+ mode and push the pedal. It’s a car for cruising down the coastline with the roof down, enjoying the sun and the breeze. In the same time it has a bit of a dark and twisty spirit to it with its black seats and obsidian black paint. I just love it!

 

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5. Is there anything you would change about it?

I would probably get a petrol instead of diesel if I had to choose again. And if I could change anything about the design, I’d make the boot opening larger as it’s embarrassingly small and can barely fit anything through it.

6. What's in the glovebox?

Sunscreen! And wet wipes for the dashboard and the windows.

7. Favourite memory of the car?

Driving down the seaside in Devon. That car is designed for such places!

8. Three words to describe your car?

Comfortable. Relaxing. Dark.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet: Comfortable; relaxing; dark
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet: Comfortable; relaxing; dark

9. What do you think about the current line-up of Mercedes' cars?

I actually love their new A-Class. I had the opportunity to drive two of them in the last year and I think they’ve done great! If I needed a comfortable city car, that would have been my choice. I’m quite excited about the EQC but sadly still haven’t had a chance to try it out and compare it to the competitors Tesla Model X and Audi’s e-tron that I’ve tested, but hopefully we’ll rectify that soon!

10. We know you love your Mercedes, but if you could add one more car to your garage, what would it be if the budget was unlimited?

Nissan GTR. No doubt about that! I’ve loved that car since like forever and it’s just something I’d love to own one day. There are plenty of other exciting expensive cars I could pick but in this case it’s not really about the money (you can find a GTR at the price of the Merc easily). It’s about the sound that it makes and the way it looks and drives. I had the pleasure to test one and I am not ashamed to admit I had tears in my eyes when I got to rev the engine!

The iconic Nissan GT-R, another favourite of Melina's
The iconic Nissan GT-R, another favourite of Melina's

Many thanks to Melly for taking part in this interview! You can follow Melly's adventures on Instagram and Facebook.

Would you like to find out more about the Mercedes-Benz C-Class range? Check out a Changing Lanes review!

Saloon

Estate

Coupé