Eleven new BEV, (Battery Electric Vehicle), enabled retailers have been added to the Volkswagen network at the end of 2018, resulting in 50% of the Volkswagen network now enabled to sell BEVs.
Volkswagen BEV dealers must meet exact standards when it comes to tooling, training, servicing standards and product knowledge before they can be certified to sell BEVs and with the brand’s increased focus on the future of e-mobility have appointed new BEV dealers across the breadth of the country.
In Dublin there are now four BEV-enabled retailers, Frank Keane Deansgrange and Joe Duffy North join existing BEV retailers Joe Duffy Swords and Frank Keane Liffey Valley.
In County Kildare, Sheehy Motors in Naas has been a BEV retailer since early 2018. My own county, Louth, has the VW BEV-enabled retailer located at Western Motors, Drogheda.
Newmarket Motors in Cork has been changed from a PHEV (Plug- in Hybrid) to a BEV retailer, and Blackwater Motors Fermoy is added to Cork’s other current BEV retailer Blackwater Motors Cork City.
In Cavan, Brady’s of Arva is now a Volkswagen BEV retailer.
Western Motors in Galway and Kevin Connolly in Sligo will serve the west of Ireland.
Frank Hogan has been appointed in Limerick and in the Midlands, Michael Moore’s two retailers in Athlone and Portarlington serve customers in Westmeath and Laois.
Pierse Motors in Tipperary and Volkswagen Wexford have been changed from PHEV retailers to full BEV retailers.
Commenting on these appointments, Volkswagen Ireland Brand Director Gerrit Heimberg said; “This is an exciting time for Volkswagen as we embark on an electric vehicle offensive, which has already begun with the e-Golf and e-Golf Executive Edition. We have ensured that all of our EV retailers are fully trained and prepared for this new dawn, to ensure that our customers receive the best experience as they start to embrace this new technology. We will continue the rollout of BEV retailer to include our entire 34 retailers by the middle of this year.”
All of these retailers can now offer sales and service of the Volkswagen e-Golf, as well as VW Plug-In Hybrid models. The e- Golf is now available as two versions, the e-Golf and the e-Golf Executive Edition. Prices start at €35,995 including Government Incentives, with the Executive Edition, with the addition of a host of optional extras such as 17-inch ‘Madrid’ alloy wheels, LED tail lights, a full leather interior, Active Info Display, a Rear-View Camera and Keyless Access. The e-Golf Executive Edition is available from €39,495 after Government incentives.
Tony Toner is a member of the Association of Professional Motoring Press and a voting juror on Irish Car & Irish Van of the Year.