Ireland's sales of EVs had a historic month.
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has interesting news today as they publish their official 231 new car registration numbers for January. When compared to January 2022, new car registrations increased by 9.4% (27,364) in January (25,014). Compared to January of last year, the number of Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) increased by 10.1% (5,559). (5,051). Moreover, HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations have increased by 52.5% (424) from January 2022. (278). Compared to January 2022, imported used cars saw a 6.3% (3,786) decline in January 2023. (4,041). With 3,682 new electric car registrations in January 2023 (+36.5%) compared to 2,697 in January 2022, this was the largest month on record for the category and represents 13.5% of the market. With a market share of 58.11%, automatic gearboxes are more widely used than ever, while manual transmissions currently make up 41.81%. In Ireland, the hatchback will be the most popular car body type in 2023.
Director General of SIMI Brian Cooke stated: "New car registrations for the month of January were 9.4% higher than they were in 2017. Sales are still 15% behind Pre-Covid January 2019, despite the fact that this is a significant step in the right direction for the industry in terms of both new automobiles and the increased trade-ins created to supply the used car market. Both light commercial vehicle (LCV) and heavy commercial vehicle (HGV) sales are up over the previous year. With 3,682 registrations, a record monthly total, the sale of new Electric Vehicles (EVs) has also had a promising start to the year. We predict that the EV market will continue to grow as supply chains get better, however this will depend on both the availability of vehicles and the extent of government backing.
As the EV project is still in its early stages, the State's recent announcement of enhanced funding for the national charging infrastructure will help allay concerns about range anxiety and persuade more drivers to consider an EV. This greater investment, meanwhile, must not come at the expense of purchasing incentives, which are crucial for promoting the behavioral shift needed to persuade more people to switch to electric vehicles. The following items ought to be on the agenda: extending grants, reducing tolls and VRT reliefs, and stopping the elimination of EV Benefit-In-Kind reliefs. It is understood that supports cannot be maintained indefinitely, but any early erosion or reduction in supports could endanger EV supply levels and potentially slow market growth at a critical juncture, delaying the development of a vibrant used EV market.
10 Top Selling Car Brands 2023 were:
1. TOYOTA, 2. HYUNDAI, 3. VOLKSWAGEN, 4. SKODA, 5. KIA, 6. FORD, 7. DACIA, 8. PEUGEOT, 9. AUDI, 10. BMW
10 Top car model’s year 2023 were:
1. HYUNDAI TUCSON, 2. TOYOTA YARIS CROSS, 3. TOYOTA YARIS, 4. TOYOTAC-HR, 5. TOYOTA COROLLA, 6. DACIA SANDERO, 7. KIA SPORTAGE, 8. HYUNDAI KONA, 9. VOLKSWAGEN T-ROC, 10. HYUNDAI IONIQ
10 Top Selling Electric Vehicles (EVs) 2023:
1. HYUNDAI IONIQ 5, 2. HYUNDAI KONA, 3. VOLKSWAGEN ID.4, 4. KIA EV6, 5.BMW I4, 6. KIA NIRO, 7. NISSAN LEAF, 8. SKODA ENYAQ, 9. RENAULT MEGANE, 10. TOYOTA BZ4X