Electric car sales doubled in February despite a 12 percentage point drop in total new car registrations.
Electric vehicles (EVs) accounted for more than a tenth of cars purchased last month: 1,620 new electric vehicles were registered compared with 805 in February 2021.
And up to now, there have been 4,320 registered electric cars – a significant increase compared to 1,782 units purchased over the same period last year.
With the purchase of more electric, hybrid and plug-in cars, the combined market share has steadily increased to 44pc – more than two-fifths.
In contrast, there has been a huge drop in motorists buying cars with internal combustion engines (ICEs). Gasoline remains the top selling item with 27.39pc while diesel currently accounts for only a quarter of total sales (25.92pc).
That’s just a shadow ahead of hybrid sales (24.23pc), with ‘pure’ electric cars over 11.66pc and plug-in hybrids taking up 8.01pc.
The figures appear today in official data released by the Motor Industry Association of Ireland (SIMI).
Total new car registrations in February fell by 12.2pc (12,031) compared to the corresponding month last year. So far this year, registrations have dropped 4.6% to 37,058. The severe supply shortage is attributed to the reduced quantity.
Used car imports, once the dominant factor in sales and registrations, fell nearly 40% last month (3,807 units, down from 5,758 in February 2021). And, as of now, imports are down 37.6 percent.
SIMI General Manager Brian Cooke said sales were still 21.9pc below pre-Covid (2019) levels.
“Despite strong demand for new and used cars, supply continues to be a major issue, with any potential rebound likely as early as the second half of 2022,” he said. ,” he said.
Even so, the number of new electric cars continues to grow and today, by SIMI calculations, more than 50,000 electric and plug-in vehicles combine on our roads.
Mr. Cooke said more and more consumers are interested in these cars.
He added: “As highlighted in the recently released report on reducing the carbon footprint of the SIMI light fleet, it is vital that our charging infrastructure keeps pace with this acceleration in the electrification of the Irish fleet.
“In this context, the Government’s continued support for the charging grid is crucial if we are to convince more consumers that electric vehicles are a viable automotive option for driving needs. their.”
The five best-selling brands last month were Toyota, followed by Hyundai, Skoda, Kia and Volkswagen.
The top five best-selling models are Hyundai Tucson, followed by Toyota Corolla, Toyota RAV 4, Toyota C-HR and Kia Sportage.
https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-news/more-than-one-in-ten-new-cars-sold-in-ireland-last-month-were-fully-electric-41398495.html More than 1 in 10 new cars sold in Ireland last month are all electric