The new Hyundai Bayon on sale in Ireland now

Hyundai Bayon Goes On Sale In Ireland

The new Hyundai Bayon on sale in Ireland now
The new Hyundai Bayon on sale in Ireland now

The Hyundai Bayon has arrived in Ireland and goes on sale priced from €21,645 rising to €24,245.

It has been designed for Europe and has been given a European name to reflect that - Bayon is inspired by 'Bayonne', the capital of the French Basque Country.

With on-trend crossover styling, it is now the most compact of Hyundai's SUV family - joining the Kona, Tucson and Santa Fe. Bayon is the latest model from Hyundai to showcase the brand's “Sensuous Sportiness” design identity, with strong lines, slim headlights and arrow-shaped lights at the rear.

In Ireland the new Bayon goes on sale with a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 84 hp. It's available from launch with a 5-speed manual gearbox, with an automatic to join the range in January 2022. Motor tax is €200 per year for the Bayon 1.2 manual.

The interior of the new Bayon has been designed to be clean, roomy, and well-lit with ambient lighting available as standard on Executive models, which also get the full digital look with touchscreen and 10.25-inch digital cluster for the driver.

There has been a focus on maximising front and rear passenger comfort and increasing boot space, with 411 litres available.

New Bayon goes on sale in Ireland in two trim levels - Comfort Plus and Executive - with a two tone roof option available on the Executive model.

Standard equipment includes roof rails, air con and Bluetooth, while the Executive model (from €23,645) adds 16" alloys, heated from seats, automatic air con, 8" touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless phone charger and digital instrument panel.

The launch of the new Bayon means Hyundai has now launched or enhanced seven new models in just 12 months.

The Bayon is in Hyundai dealers around Ireland now.

The interior of the new Bayon
The interior of the new Bayon

The Renault Arkana is available to order now in Ireland!

Renault Arkana Available To Order Now!

The Renault Arkana is available to order now in Ireland!
The Renault Arkana is available to order now in Ireland!

Renault Ireland has confirmed that the new Renault Arkana is now available to order in Ireland. The new SUV with coupé styling will go on sale alongside the Captur and Kadjar, priced from €28,990.

In Ireland the Arkana is available in three trim lines - Iconic, S Edition and R.S. Line. Standard equipment includes EASY LINK touchscreen display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, diamond-cut alloy wheels and full LED lighting technology.

Inside there is said to be a spacious, comfortable interior trimmed with high quality materials across all models, with features like  ambient lighting and premium upholstery options.

The 2021 Renault Arkana will go on sale in Ireland with the brand's latest engine technology including the E-TECH hybrid (145 hp) and TCe petrol mild-hybrid.

FULL IRISH PRICING

  TCe 140 Auto EDC E-TECH Hybrid 145 Auto
All-new Arkana Iconic €28,990 €30,490
All-new Arkana S Edition €31,090 €32,590
All-new Arkana R.S. Line €33,690 €35,190

Iconic models feature a 7.0-inch display with DAB radio and Bluetooth functionality, while S Edition and R.S. Line models have a 9.3-inch portrait screen featuring navigation with live traffic services and weather information, Google address search and 4G connectivity and automatic update services for three years. From launch, Arkana S Edition and R.S. Line models also feature a 7.0-inch TFT Driver Information Display ahead of the driver.

The Arkana is Renault’s first purpose-built hybrid model, and a key model in pushing forward the broadened electrification of Renault’s model range. It offers the E-TECH hybrid powertrain across every trim level, inspired by Renault’s experience and expertise in Formula 1. In the Arkana, the E-Tech Hybrid 145 powertrain combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine, 1.2 kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors, and Renault believe it to be the engine of choice in the line-up for the majority of customers. 

Emitting as little as 111g/km of CO2 and returning consumption as low as to 4.9l/100km, the new Arkana E-TECH Hybrid is said to prioritise driving on electric power alone from the moment the vehicle starts.

Also available on all Arkana models is a TCe 140 petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology. Offering 140 hp and 260 Nm of torque, this 1.3-litre engine propels the new Arkana from 0-100km/h in 9.8 seconds, while also offering consumption as low as 5.8l/100km and CO2 emissions of 131g/km.

The mild-hybrid technology works with a 12-volt starter generator that ensures faster and more refined operation of the Stop & Start function when coming to a standstill, while also reducing emissions at the same time. The TCe 140 engine is available exclusively with a seven-speed dual-clutch EDC transmission delivering smooth and refined gear changes.

New Arkana on sale from €28,990
New Arkana on sale from €28,990

The new Renault Megane Hatchback E-TECH Hybrid!

Renault Megane Hatch E-TECH Plug-In Hybrid Arrives!

The new Renault Megane Hatchback E-TECH Hybrid!
The new Renault Megane Hatchback E-TECH Hybrid!

Renault is strengthening its electrified vehicle range in Ireland with the arrival of the new Renault Mégane Hatch E-TECH Plug-In Hybrid. It joins the Renault Megane Sports Tourer E-TECH Plug-In Hybrid that is already on sale here since the beginning of 2021.

It goes on sale priced from €32,240 (including €2,500 SEAI grant for private buyers).

Customers can choose from two trim levels – the Iconic E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid 160 Auto and the sportier R.S. Line E-Tech Plug-In Hybrid 160 Auto.

Both versions feature a 1.6-litre petrol engine complemented by two electric motors. CO2 emissions are rated at just 28g/km (WLTP). The new hybrid Megane hatchback can be driven on electric power only for a range of up to 50 km.

With 160 hp available, the 0-100 km/h time is 9.4 seconds, going on to a top speed of 182 km/h.

The new hybrid is more powerful than any other petrol and diesel Mégane in the range, with the exception of the high performance RS and Trophy versions.

Standard equipment includes electronic parking brake, front and rear electric windows, cruise control with speed limiter, 10-inch TFT driver’s display, Eco Mode, EV mode button, MULTI-SENSE with three driving modes and eight ambient lighting colours, and a hands-free key card.

Safety equipment includes front and rear parking sensors, Hill Start Assist and the Visio System that incorporates lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, and automatic high/low beam.

The Iconic trim level gets 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, leather steering wheel, and frameless rear-view mirror. There's also the EASYLINK navigation system with two USB ports, Bluetooth, and smartphone integration including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that are accessible through its 7-inch touchscreen.

The R.S. Line version gains exclusive body-coloured R.S. Line bumpers, 17-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, and an R.S. leather steering wheel. Safety is further enhanced with the fitment of the Advanced Emergency Braking System (AEBS), rear parking camera and hands-free parking, while the EASYLINK navigation system has a larger 9.3-inch touchscreen.

Customers will be able to further personalise their Mégane Hatch Plug-In Hybrid with options such as the Signature Pack, which adds adaptive cruise control, Lane Keeping Assistance, E-Call, BOSE audio and a leather interior.

The Mégane Hatch Plug-In Hybrid uses the same technology that debuted on the Captur E-Tech hybrid, which was engineered with input from the Alpine F1 team. It combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a 9.8 kW lithium-ion battery and two electric motors, together with the automatic, multi-mode dog gearbox that features in all other E-Tech models.

In operation, it starts the vehicle in 100 per cent electric mode, significantly reducing the gap in acceleration during gear changes. This means a smoother, more refined drive plus better performance.

Battery charging on a home charging point takes as little as 3 hours at 3.6 kW, while the included domestic cable enables charging from a 3-pin plug.

The Megane Hatch E-TECH Plug-in hybrid is on sale now from €32,240
The Megane Hatch E-TECH Plug-in hybrid is on sale now from €32,240

Greenergy and ESB to open new EV charge points at Amber and Inver sites across Ireland

Greenergy And ESB To Bring More EV Chargers To Irish Forecourts

Greenergy and ESB to open new EV charge points at Amber and Inver sites across Ireland
Greenergy and ESB to open new EV charge points at Amber and Inver sites across Ireland

Greenergy has agreed with ESB to introduce fast and high power EV charging points at selected Irish retail forecourts operating under Greenergy’s Amber and Inver brands.

To start, 16 forecourts have been identified across the Inver and Amber portfolio and include a mix of company owned, company leased and dealer sites. The charging units will be rolled out in two-phases, with over half of the sites to be completed over the coming 18 months.

Chris O’Callaghan, Head of Greenergy Ireland, said:

“Our Inver and Amber retail forecourts give our customers variety in both our fuel and non-fuel forecourt services, and we see this venture with ESB as a way to provide another convenient offering to meet a new fuel demand. EVs alongside liquid renewables, where Greenergy has a market leading position, will make up the energy mix as we head to a decarbonised Ireland, and we are adapting to meet the needs of our customer base.”

John Byrne, Head of ESB ecars, said:

“For the last 10 years, ESB has installed and maintained the country’s public charging network with more than 1,350 points now available. We are always looking to expand and enhance our network with these 16 sites crucial to delivering a well located, reliable public charging network to the increasing number of EV drivers across Ireland.

These sites will include a mix of fast and high power chargers which can provide 100 km of range in as little as six minutes. We are excited to partner with Greenergy and selected the Amber and Inver sites given their attractive convenience retail and local community offering. We look forward to working with Greenergy on providing this essential service to their customers.”


The new Opel Astra will go on sale in Ireland in early 2022

Opel Astra (2022) On Way To Ireland!

The new Opel Astra will go on sale in Ireland in early 2022
The new Opel Astra will go on sale in Ireland in early 2022

Opel Ireland has confirmed that the new sixth generation Opel Astra will arrive in Ireland in early 2022, with prices and equipment to be released closer to launch.

Sheer, taut surfaces characterise this latest Astra and the German brand's distinctive new 'Vizor' face, seen already on the new Mokka and Crossland on sale in Ireland.

The 2022 Opel Astra will be available in petrol, diesel and for the very first time, as a plug-in hybrid.

Designed, developed and manufactured at Opel's headquarters in Germany, the new Opel Astra will launch as a sporty five-door with a low-slung look, yet it gains more interior space than its predecessor. Thanks to especially short front overhangs, the new Astra is only 4.0mm longer than the previous model, despite the considerably increased wheelbase of 2,675mm (+13mm). The new Astra's practical boot with adjustable floor still offers the driver and four passengers 422 litres of luggage volume.

The interior has also been radicalised with an all new 'Pure Panel' dashboard design similar to the latest Mokka. This expansive, digital cockpit features two 10-inch seamlessly integrated horizontal displays. With a shutter-like layer that prevents upward reflections in the windscreen, the design has dispensed of a hood over the displays, to further enhance the high-tech functionality and ambience.

Key settings such as climate control can still be operated via physical controls in the form of finely crafted keys, said to achieve the optimum balance between digitisation and intuitive operation. There is no need for cables either since the new generation of infotainment systems can be connected as standard on all model variants to wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, operated by voice control or by touch.

The interior of the new Astra
The interior of the new Astra

Opel's ergonomic AGR seats feature with the position of the front seats now 12mm lower than in the previous model, further enhancing the feeling of a sporty drive. A wide range of optional adjustments are on offer, from electric tilt to electro-pneumatic lumbar support. In Nappa leather-trim, they offer ventilation, massage for the driver and heating at the rear as well as the front. Seats trimmed in Alcantara are also available.

The new Astra is based on the third generation of the highly flexible EMP2 multi-energy architecture, with Opel DNA built in from the start of development. The steering and lateral stiffness of the chassis are designed for high control. The torsional rigidity of new Astra is 14% higher than its predecessor model. Like every Opel, the all-new Astra is "Autobahnproof": high-speed capability was a primary development objective.

The new Astra's architecture also incorporates the latest automated driver assistance systems. In addition to the multifunction camera in the windscreen, the technology comprises four body cameras (one at the front, one at the rear and one on each side), five radar sensors (one at the front and one at each corner), as well as ultrasonic sensors front and rear. This enables the system to adapt speed in curves, make speed recommendations and perform semi-automatic lane changes. Hands-off detection, rear cross-traffic alert, long-range blind-spot detection, active lane positioning, adaptive cruise control, Stop & Go are all features, dependent on trim and transmission.

The latest evolution of the adaptive Intelli-Lux LED® Pixel light comes straight from Opel's flagship Insignia and, with 168 LED elements, is said to lead the way in the compact and midsize market sectors.

The new Astra will be available from the start of sales with powerful plug-in hybrid electric drive as well as petrol and diesel engines, electrifying Opel's compact class model for the first time in the brand's history. Power ranges from 110hp to 130hp with the petrol and diesel variants and up to 225hp output with the plug-in hybrid variants. A six-speed gearbox is standard on the petrol and diesel power units, with an eight-speed automatic transmission (electrified on the plug-in hybrids) optional on the more powerful engines.

Order books for the new Astra open this autumn with first deliveries due to customers early next year.

New Astra will debut plug-in hybrid for the first time
New Astra will debut plug-in hybrid for the first time

ESB has opened a new 8-bay charging hub in Kildare

ESB Opens First High Power EV Charging Hub

 

 

ESB has opened a new 8-bay charging hub in Kildare
ESB has opened a new 8-bay charging hub in Kildare

ESB has opened its first eight bay, high power electric vehicle charging hub as part of a €20m investment programme financed by the Government’s Climate Action Fund and ESB to expand and enhance the public EV charging network.

Located at Junction 14, Mayfield on the M7, Monasterevin, Co Kildare, the bay will contain three high power chargers (350kW) and one fast charger (50kW), with the ability to charge up to eight cars at any one time.

High-power charging hubs are dramatically faster than current charging infrastructure and are capable of providing 100 km range to EV drivers in as little as six minutes, depending on model.

ESB plans to open 50 hubs like this one, as it continues to invest in the upgrade of its charging infrastructure.

Six high power hubs allowing three EVs to charge at one time have already been opened in Ireland and the ESB says it has replaced over 590 charge points and upgraded 31 chargers to faster speeds.

Marguerite Sayers, Executive Director, Customer Solutions at ESB, said:

“The electrification of transport is a key component of ESB’s low carbon strategy for a brighter future. Today’s announcement of the first eight vehicle high power EV charging hub is a significant milestone as we work to meet the growing number of EVs on Ireland’s roads. This new 350kW high power charging hub, as part of our overall upgrade works, will significantly reduce charging time for EV users. When you couple this with at-home charging, it really signifies a positive next step for current and future EV drivers in Ireland.”

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan TD, said:

“The availability of high-power charging infrastructure on key national routes is critical for EV drivers who need to travel longer distances. Through our Climate Action Fund, we will continue to invest and maintain a world-class national charging network that supports the country’s transition to EVs. This new hub, launched by ESB today, and the others that will follow, will encourage more drivers to go electric, cut their fuel costs and reduce our carbon emissions.”


The FASTER Project

FASTER Project Launch Electric Vehicle Survey

The FASTER Project
The FASTER Project will improve access to public EV charging points across Western Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Border Region in the Republic of Ireland

The FASTER Project is inviting the public to participate in a new survey examining driving behaviours and attitudes to Electric Vehicles (EVs).

Led by East Border Region Ltd in partnership with organisations including South West College and Ulster University, Louth County Council and Dundalk IT, this €6.4 million EU INTERREG VA funded project will help reduce the impact of fossil fuels and transport emissions through the delivery of 73 new publicly accessible rapid charging points across Western Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Border Region in the Republic of Ireland to support drivers as they make the switch to electric vehicles.

The FASTER [Facilitating a Sustainable Transition to EVs in the Region] Project is currently working with several county councils along the border to identify suitable locations for this vital infrastructure which will be installed on a rolling basis over the next 6 to 18 months.

While it's estimated that up to 80% of EV charging will take place at home, the number of public EV chargers is widely regarded as one of the key obstacles for those drivers considering the switch to electric. The FASTER Project will deliver effective solutions to help overcome this barrier and will educate drivers on electric vehicles and the benefits they can bring.

Gina McIntyre, CEO of the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), which manages the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, said:

“As the effects of climate change increase dramatically we need to invest seriously in measures which will cut carbon emissions. Electric vehicles represent a more eco-friendly form of transport which will have a reduced impact on the environment.

This new EU-funded project has been specifically designed to remove some of the obstacles that have previously discouraged people from choosing electric vehicles. It also represents one of the core objectives of the INTERREG VA Programme, which supports sustainable transport, on a cross-border basis.”

East Border Region Chairman Cllr Kyle Savage, said:

“EBR are delighted to be Lead Partner on this innovative and genuinely cross-border project which will see essential Electric Vehicle infrastructure installed across the three jurisdictions. Electric Vehicles are an essential strategy in the immediate term to reduce local emissions and help improve local air quality.”

The FASTER Project partnership in collaboration with Transport Research Partnership is now calling on the public to participate in a short survey which will examine the current travel needs and behaviours of vehicle users across the islandThis survey will identify preferences on vehicle ownership, fuel choice, the types of journeys drivers are making daily and will explore the factors & influences which are leading the shift towards electric vehicles.

The public survey is available online until Tuesday 20th July and can be completed at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FasterEVs


New Tesla Supercharger location opens in Cork

New Tesla Supercharger Opens In Cork

New Tesla Supercharger location opens in Cork
New Tesla Supercharger location opens in Cork

Tesla has opened a new Supercharger location at Mahon Point Shopping Centre in Cork, which will host four 250 kW Supercharger stalls, open 24 hours a day.

The new Tesla Superchargers at Mahon Point Shopping Centre will be the first location in Ireland to provide the latest V3 Superchargers. With V3 Supercharging, a Model 3 Long Range operating at peak efficiency can recover up to 120 km of charge in five minutes and charge at rates of up to 1,600 km per hour.

Owners can use the Tesla app to monitor, control and get notifications when charging is complete.

Cork is Ireland’s fifth Supercharger location with a total of 34 Superchargers now available to Tesla drivers travelling around the country.

There are also over 50 Destination Charging locations around Ireland at hotels, restaurants and shopping centres.

Tesla says that the aim of the ongoing expansion of the Supercharger network is to ensure that Tesla drivers are able to charge their vehicles quickly, seamlessly and reliably, allowing owners to travel even further with the freedom of Supercharging.


The new Volvo XC40 Recharge is available to order in Ireland now!

Volvo XC40 Recharge Electric Available To Order

The new Volvo XC40 Recharge is available to order in Ireland now!
The new Volvo XC40 Recharge is available to order in Ireland now!

The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric – Volvo’s first all-electric car – is now available for Irish customers to order.

The first fully electric car to be launched by the Swedish company, the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8 is capable of travelling more than 400 kms on a single charge, and can be charged to 80% of its battery capacity in as little as 40 minutes using a fast charger.

Inside, the car benefits from the company’s brand-new infotainment system powered by Google Android, and an innovative approach to all-round functionality provides drivers with plenty of storage space.

Volvo’s first entrant into the compact premium SUV segment when it was launched in 2018, the XC40 has seen unprecedented success, winning a host of prestigious awards – including European Car of the Year in 2018 and Irish Car of the Year 2019.

The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric marks a major milestone in Volvo Cars’ electrification strategy, which is one of the boldest from any traditional car maker. As part of a long-term ambition to be climate-neutral by 2040, the company aims to be fully electric by 2030.

The all-electric XC40 also expands Volvo’s already comprehensive range of plug-in vehicles, sold under the Recharge brand, with customers already able to purchase a plug-in hybrid version of every model in the Volvo range.

The XC40 P8’s long range does not come at the expense of performance, with its twin electric motors producing 408 hp to deliver a 0-100km/h time of only 4.9 seconds.

The interior of the battery powered XC40 also carries over the strong focus on sustainability from other variants, with the interior carpeting made entirely from recycled plastic.

The XC40 Recharge P8 is equipped with an infotainment system powered by the Android operating system. The infotainment system offers customers unprecedented personalisation, improved levels of intuitiveness and new embedded Google technology and services, such as the Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store.

It is also the first Volvo that receives larger software and operating system updates over the air.

Customers can now begin their order of the all-electric XC40 Recharge online at VolvoCars.ie. Volvo Cars aims to build stronger customer relationships, and together with its retail partners this online process will simplify the process of purchasing an electric Volvo. Customers will be able to choose an attractive pre-configured all-electric XC40 that is ready for simple and convenient ordering, with the final transaction remaining with the retailer.

The XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is available from €64,314 with Care Offer to include Service, Roadside Assistance, Warranty, and a €500 Insurance Contribution*, included in the price.


New EU Tyre Label Helps Consumers Choose Tyres

New EU tyre label - but what do you know about it?
New EU tyre label - but what do you know about it?

The EU introduced a tyre label in 2012 that was aimed at providing consumers across Europe with key performance information at the point of sale when they were faced with choosing a new tyre for their vehicle.

On May 1 this year, the EU introduced a new and improved version of the tyre label, simplifying the way the performance detail is featured on the label and showing some additional attributes of the tyre.

According to German premium tyre manufacturer, Continental Tyres, not a lot of people know about the existence of the EU tyre label. Continental Tyres carried out a survey of Irish motorists in the weeks since the introduction of the new EU tyre label and more than two thirds of respondents say they have never heard of the tyre label.

According to Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland: “We welcome the recent introduction of the new and improved EU tyre label as any move towards providing motorists with more information on tyres is a very positive step."

“But, the EU, national governments, road safety bodies and indeed, the tyre industry itself, all need to do a better job in informing consumers.  Some tyre retailers are very good at providing consumers with all of the detail they need when making a tyre purchasing choice, including showing the EU tyre label for the tyres that are available, but it is clear that many tyre retailers are not fulfilling their responsibility in this regard as we have seen that more than two thirds of Irish motorists are unaware of the EU tyre label. After all, it was introduced back in 2012, so the vast majority of motorists will have faced the need to purchase a new tyre in that timeframe.”

The Continental Tyres survey also showed that price was the number one factor in determining what tyre consumers opt for when buying a new tyre. 62 percent of motorists identified price as the main reason for choosing one tyre over another.

However, significant numbers of respondents have shown that safety is high up in their list of priorities as the second and third top reasons for choosing a tyre were ‘all weather performance’ (42 percent) and ‘grip on wet roads’ (33 percent).

The new EU tyre label includes detail on fuel efficiency, wet braking and noise performance for all tyres on sale across the EU. Where applicable, there is also information as to capability on snow and ice. Newly introduced as of May 1 this year, the label includes a QR code which gives the consumer access to an EU database that gives more detail on an individual tyre. The database - which is fully accessible to consumers - has details on all tyres on sale in the EU as all manufacturers are required by law to list their products there once they are on sale within the EU.

Dennigan concluded: “Our advice to consumers is to take good note of the detail on the EU tyre label the next time they are buying a tyre and if the tyre retailer does not automatically show them a tyre label, remind them of their responsibility in this regard."