Nissan is holding information events on electric vehicles around the country

Nissan To Host Electric Vehicle (EV) Information Events

Nissan is holding information events on electric vehicles around the country
Nissan is holding information events on electric vehicles across its dealer network

Nissan will host a series of information events across its Irish dealer network to provide car buyers and local businesses with everything they need to know to make the switch to zero emissions EV driving.

Sales of electric vehicles are now at a record high in Ireland with sales up 308% to 1,731 units so far this year. Nissan has organised the Nissan Electric Dealer Event between June 4th to 16th .

“We are at an inflection point for EV sales and motorists clearly understand the environmental benefits of switching to EV driving, although the decision to switch often comes with many questions around cost savings, battery life, range and charging,” explained Neil O’Sullivan, Head of Sales and Business Development at Nissan Ireland.

“We have organised The Nissan Electric Dealer Event across our dealer network to share our expertise as EV pioneers and to provide customers with a wider opportunity to meet their local Nissan dealer, to put any and all questions that they may have about driving electric to them and to test drive the 100% electric Nissan LEAF,” he added.

Nissan’s EV experts will be on hand to explain the Government incentives that are currently available to EV drivers, including the SEAI purchase grant of €5,000, the additional €7,000 SEAI grant for taxi drivers, reduced road tolls and the convenience of free on-street parking.

In addition, business owners can find out about the introduction of 0% BIK, accelerated capital allowances and other advantages of switching to an electric vehicle.


The new Nissan Leaf

New Nissan Leaf Records Strong Sales In July

The new Nissan Leaf
The new Nissan Leaf is selling well in Ireland

Nissan Ireland is reporting that 306 new Nissan Leafs were registered during the month of July, which historically has been close to the total number of electric vehicles sold in Ireland in a full year.

The July sales result brings the total number of Nissan Leafs on Irish roads to date to over 2,700 units.

The new Nissan Leaf 40kWh electric vehicle arrived in Ireland earlier in 2018. According to Nissan Ireland, demand for the new Leaf is being driven by the fact that the car's range on a single charge has increased by 50% to 378 kilometres (NEDC) - about 250km in real world terms - and "by a growing awareness amongst Irish householders that switching to a new Nissan Leaf can help them to save significantly on the cost of running their car".

“This result for July is a real benchmark and provides huge encouragement for the future of Electric Vehicles in Ireland,” said James McCarthy, CEO, Nissan Ireland. “We have been advocates for electric driving over the last 8 years and it’s fantastic to see people starting to make the switch in numbers now".

"Consumers are conscientiously weighing up whether the car can save them money. Our Leaf customers have shown us that they are at least €1,350 a year better off for driving the 100% electric Nissan Leaf,” said Mr. McCarthy, “and no other drivetrain – petrol, diesel or hybrid, can come close to delivering that level of running cost savings".


Kia Wallbox Launch

Kia Motors Ireland Partners With Wallbox For EV Charge Points

Kia Motors Ireland recently partnered with Wallbox, specialists in charging solutions for electric vehicles.

Kia Ireland will roll out Wallbox 22kw fast chargers across its Irish dealer network with installation being carried out by Car Chargers.ie.

The partnership also offers Kia customers the opportunity to purchase their home wallbox charger and arrange installation via their local Kia dealership.

The Wallbox chargers will provide a full battery charge in 2.5 hours, making the choice of purchasing a Plug-In Hybrid or fully electric vehicle easier for customers.

Kia recently added the new Niro Plug-In Hybrid to their range in Ireland.


Nissan Leaf

Irish Pricing For New 2018 Nissan Leaf

The Nissan Leaf will arrive in Ireland in March 2018, priced from €26,290 for the entry grade XE.

Pricing includes the €5,000 Government Grant for electric vehicles.

SV models are available from €28,690, Launch Edition from €29,590, SV Premium from €29,940 and SVE from €32,600.

What's new for the 2018 Nissan Leaf?

The new Nissan Leaf offers a significant update over the previous model with new styling, more technology and a higher capacity 40kwh battery.

The range has increased by 50% to 378 kilometres on the NEDC cycle.

Power is up by 38% to 150hp compared to the outgoing model.

Nissan e-Pedal is a standard feature. The e-Pedal allows the driver to start from a standstill, accelerate, brake and even bring the car to a stop using just the throttle pedal.

Standard safety features include lane departure warning, intelligent emergency braking with pedestrian recognition, intelligent lane intervention, cross traffic alert and high-beam assist.

The entry model also comes with Nissan Intelligent Key and push button start, 6.6 kW on-board charger and 50kW ChaDeMo rapid charge port as standard.

The Nissan Leaf SV adds Nissan Connect EV 7" touchscreen telematics system. It includes active charging, eco-routing, driving range, and nearby charging stations. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also available as standard on SV.

SV Premium adds features such as heated seats, around-view monitor, electric folding door mirrors, auto-dimming rear view mirror, moving object detection and 17” alloy wheels. There's also the option of ProPILOT.

We're told by Nissan Ireland that the launch edition is sold out. For the record these models feature ProPILOT, a driver assistance technology designed for motorway use in single-lane traffic. It helps the driver in heavy motorway traffic and long commutes due to steering assist, acceleration and braking.

Finally, top of the range SVE grade includes ProPILOT advanced driver assistance system and Bose premium audio with 7 speakers. There's also leather heated front and rear seats on this model, and full LED intelligent auto headlights.

For more information visit www.nissan.ie


Renault is opening the first dedicated electric vehicle concept store in Europe

Renault To Open First Dedicated Electric Vehicle Concept Store In Europe

On 16th February, Renault is to open its first European concept store - the Renault Electric Vehicle Experience Centre in Stockholm.

Visitors will be able to discover the benefits of electric mobility and find answers to their questions on the subject. This new shop window for Renault electric vehicles will be located in Täby Centrum, one of Sweden’s largest shopping centres, on the outskirts of Stockholm.

“We are delighted to be opening this store which will enable us to engage with people about electric mobility, help them to learn more about the subject and give them a chance to share their ideas. As Europe’s number one EV brand, we will be able to use this concept store to interact with the public and help people to understand the opportunities and benefits of electric motoring,” said Gilles Normand, Groupe Renault Senior Vice President, Electric Vehicles.

The concept store features a number of distinct zones, including a display of electric vehicles and areas where visitors will find information about charging infrastructure and systems, local legislation, subsidies, conditions of purchase and electric-vehicle-related services, as well as a place to relax and exchange ideas.

Visitors will be able to test drive electric vehicles from the centre and order new electric vehicles. Advisors will be available seven days a week to assist visitors. The store will also feature an advanced digital experience, including an exclusive electric car configurator to enable customers to find the model that meets their everyday needs.

“We are responding to emerging customer expectations by opening new urban distribution channels and by harnessing digital tools to deliver a better customer experience. As Electric cars is the leading technology to provide sustainable mobility for all, Renault has brought these two challenges together under one roof by proposing a new approach of the Zero Emission range distribution, and opening the first Electrical Vehicle Experience Centre in partnership with our major distributor in Sweden Bilia.

Stockholm was on top of our list because of the fast Electric Vehicle market expansion in Sweden, and the strong willingness of Swedish government to promote this technology”, added Zakaria Zeghari, Europe Renault Dealer Network Development Director.

Moving forward, Renault is looking at opening similar stores in other European cities.


Trainee Nissan apprentices learning about electric vehicle technology as part of the Nissan Apprentice Academy

Nissan Apprentice Academy Introduces Electric Vehicle Technology Training

The Nissan Apprentice Academy was established in 2015 to develop the ‘technicians of tomorrow’.

Recently, Nissan Ireland included all Apprentice Academy delegates on their introduction to Electric Vehicle technology training.

Allowing younger apprentices to attend this type of training offers the next generation of Nissan technicians the opportunity to work with the newest and most advanced motoring technologies early in their career in the motor industry.

With the Nissan “Intelligent Mobility” systems becoming standard across the range, from the “Safety Shield” systems to the more advanced systems such as e-Pedal, Pro Pilot and Pro Pilot Park, Nissan recognises the importance of educating these Academy Apprentices on the latest technologies to ensure they have a foundation of knowledge on what to expect for the future.

Applications for the 2018 Nissan Academy Apprentice Program will open in the summer.

For more information visit: https://www.nissan.ie/experience-nissan/apprentice-academy.html


Renault Zoe GoCar

GoCar Adds Five New Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 Electric Vehicles To Dublin Fleet

GoCar has announced that the carsharing company is adding five new Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 electric cars to their fleet.

The expansion of the GoElectric fleet gives GoCar members the chance to drive the Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 with a battery that provides a 400km official NEDC. In real world terms, users can expect 300km in summer and 200km in cold winter weather.

The once-off joining fee for GoCar is €10, with no further subscription fees. The GoElectric ZOE costs €8 per hour. Any distance driven over 50km is charged at 50c per km. The Renault ZOE is a suitable EV for GoCar customers whose journeys include visiting friends or family, weekly shopping, work meetings, and day trips out of the city.

ZOE Z.E. 40 is the only EV that can charge at 22kW at all 1,200 ESB eCars standard AC charging points.  This allows ZOE to add 75km of summer range in just 30 minutes, or a full charge in about 2½ hours.

GoCar is Ireland’s largest carsharing operator, with over 300 vehicles across 200 locations, and has over 15,000 members. GoCar first launched its GoElectric fleet in October 2016 and since then over 800 customers have chosen an EV to drive.

After reviewing the most popular locations, GoElectric vehicles will be located near public charge points, using these points when they need to be charged, and parking in regular spaces when they’re fully charged.

With hourly pay as you go driving and no subscription charges, GoCar is ideal for people or organisations who only need occasional access to a car but don’t want to own one or families who need a second car sometimes.

Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Group Ireland: “Renault Group is very committed to the electric vehicle in Ireland and in Europe where our models are the best sellers, with ZOE still Europe’s best-selling electric vehicle. We are delighted to work with GoCar again, this time with EVs, and look forward to seeing the uptake on drives in Dublin. It’s a great awareness building exercise and will bring EV driving and its benefits to an audience who don’t own a vehicle yet like the option of having one when they need it. ZOE is the ideal urban car, but with an exceptional range that can allow the driver to move out of the city and drive much further afield, if they so wish”.

Colm Brady, Managing Director, GoCar: “GoCar are delighted to expand our electric vehicle offering with the addition of the Renault ZOE. EVs have been extremely popular with our members since their introduction, with over 800 GoCar members driving an electric car since we first introduced them in October 2016."

GoCar users can book cars online or via the app, then unlock with their phone or GoCard; the keys are in the car, with fuel, insurance and city parking all included.