Irish EV Sales continue to decline and Lag Behind EU27 – GeoTab 

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Commenting on SIMI’s June sales data, GeoTab Vice President, EMEA, David Savage said: “The -52% fall in EV sales in June is the fourth month in a row, where a decline has been registered and is the seventh month in the last ten months where the market has contracted. A lot of this is down to poor incentives and a lack of charging infrastructure because demand for Electric Vehicles is rising across most European countries. In fact, Ireland recorded the fifth largest year-on-year decline in EV sales across the EU 27 in May and the figures highlight that that trend does not look like it’s changing any time soon.
“The decision by a major logistics company to pull its Electric Vehicles from its Cork depot last month because of a lack of capacity on the grid network highlights the issues facing the Government in terms of trying to increase the adoption of EVs. Businesses simply won’t invest in purchasing zero-emission vehicles if they are not able to power their fleet. That charging anxiety is highlighted by the sales of Electric Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs), which starkly contrast to sales of Electric Passenger Cars, with electric models representing less than 3% of all LCV sales in June.
“While there is negative commentary about EV sales, when they are put in context Ireland is an outlier. In May, Ireland recorded a -39.4% year-on-year decline, but in contrast, Belgium saw an increase of 44.8%. So it isn’t simply a case of saying what we are seeing in Ireland is reflective of an international trend. With the right combination of subsidies, infrastructure and communication, there’s no reason why Ireland shouldn’t be seeing similar levels of EV adoption as some of its European peers.“The clock continues to tick on the Government’s ambition of having 945,000 zero-emission vehicles on the roads by 2030, but as each month passes the target becomes increasingly unrealistic. Given the vital importance of reducing transport emissions in order to achieve the targets set out in the National Climate Plan, we need to see a new strategy in place in order to turn what is increasingly looking like a fantasy into a reality for a Greener Ireland.”