Sales of petrol cars have been declining since Ireland changed to a CO2-based taxation scheme in the middle of 2008 but what about electric cars? Why have they made such little impact?
Excluding hybrids, which have existed in the Irish market for some time, the pure electric car accounted for just 466 units in 2015 and the overwhelming majority of those were Nissan Leafs
(405 or 86%).
Against the backdrop of Volkswagen only registering 6 E-Golfs
last year, Renault registering 30 Zoes
and 5 Twingos
and BMW registering 18 i3
models, the Nissan Leaf on the other hand, experienced its best year, with a 115% increase in sales on 2014 (188) and an 841% increase on its 2013 numbers (43).