Irish consumer interest in electric vehicles seems to be growing according to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) with sales for electric vehicles (EVs) soaring by 470% in the first quarter of 2019.
CSO figures showed there were 1,303 electric cars registered in the first three months of the year, up from 229 this time last year. The figure also surpassed the number of EVs registered for all of 2018.
Leading car manufacturer Volkswagen predicts EVs will make up 20% of new Irish car sales by 2021 due to a wider choice of fully electric models, improved infrastructure and better battery range between charges.
This follows the announcement by Government of a €20 million investment to provide 50 new charging hubs across the country along motorways and national roads. The hubs, which will be able to charge between two and eight cars simultaneously, will provide up to 100km of driving in six minutes.
The investment also includes the upgrade of 50 existing hubs across the country to 50kW DC fast chargers. The investment is part of a Government initiative to encourage drivers make the switch to EVs.
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