More than twice the number of electric vehicles were sold in Ireland throughout April compared to the same month last year, according to new SIMI figures released today.
It says that 1,286 new electric vehicles were registered last month compared to 590 in April 2021.
So far this year, 7,524 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 3,406 on the same period last year.
The figures show that EVs, plug-in hybrids and hybrids now have an increased market share of almost 44 per cent. Petrol and diesel is over 27 and 26 per cent, respectively.
The best selling EV in Ireland so far this year is the Hyundai Ioniq 5, followed by the VW ID.4, Kia EV6, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla’s Model 3.
Meanwhile, today’s figures show that new car registrations for April increased by over 10 per cent to 7,886 on the same month in 2021.
Registrations year-to-date have jumped to 57,776 but are almost 21 per cent behind that of pre-Covid 2019 levels.
There were also over a quarter less used car imports last month compared to April 2021. Year-to-date imports are down on last year to 15,864.
Toyota has been the best selling car brand in Ireland over the past 12 months, while the Hyundai Tucson leads model sales for this period.
Elsewhere, light commercial vehicle sales dropped almost 32 per cent to 1,626 compared to April last year, while heavy goods vehicle (HGV) registrations are down also to 209 in comparison to the 327 sold here in April 2021.
Brian Cooke, director general of SIMI said a return to “more normal” new car sales levels is being “hampered in the short term by both supply chain issues and the uncertain global political climate”.
“Over the medium term both the high levels of vehicle taxation and the uncertainty over the continuation of electric vehicle supports has the potential to lead to the ongoing suppression of new vehicle demand.
“This will only make the ability to optimise the reduction in transport emissions more difficult,” he said.
Cooke added: “The increase in electric vehicle sales continues to be the one positive feature of the new car market, but this has only been possible due to the SEAI Grant supports for both cars and home charging.
“The continuation of these supports is simply vital if we want to get close to the EV targets outlined in the country’s Climate Action Plan.”