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‘Continued growth’ in number of electric cars being licensed

An electric vehicle charge point in Dublin city centre (Brian Lawless/PA)
An electric vehicle charge point in Dublin city centre (Brian Lawless/PA)

The number of new electric cars licensed in Ireland has more than doubled in the first five months of the year compared with the same period in 2021, new data shows.

Figures published on Wednesday by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that so far this year, more than 20% of all new cars licensed for the first time were electric or plug-in hybrids.

This comes amid a major push by the Irish Government to encourage drivers to switch to electric vehicles, with plans for nearly one million electric vehicles on Irish roads by the end of the decade.

Nele van der Wielen, from the CSO, said: “Today’s figures from the CSO show the continued growth in the number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles licensed in Ireland.

“The number of new electric cars licensed has more than doubled from 3,678 in the first five months of 2021 to 7,825 in 2022. At the same time, the number of new diesel cars is decreasing.”

Since the beginning of January, around 15,400 new cars licensed in Ireland ran on diesel, compared to just over 20,000 in the same period last year.

The data also signals a 37% fall in the number of used private cars licensed in May, compared to the same month last year.

Similarly, the number of used cars licensed so far this year dropped by 43% compared to last year, a decline from over 34,000 to just under 20,000 over a five-month period.

According to the CSO, Toyota was the most popular make of new private car licensed last month.