Wicklow leads way in electric vehicle purchases

County Wicklow leads the way in new electric car purchases according to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office Ireland (CSO) that show the county having the largest proportional increase in new private electric cars licensed in the first half of 2019, at 4.7%. This was followed by Kildare (3.6%) and Leitrim (3.5%).

While licensing of new petrol and diesel private cars across the State fell in the first six months of 2019, the number of electric and hybrid new private cars licensed increased by almost seventy percent (68.5%) to 9,150.

Social Democrats Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore, Chair of WCC’s Climate Change and Biodiversity SPC, said “It’s great to see Wicklow top the poll when it comes to the purchase of new electric vehicles. There is a real appetite out there for change when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint and being more environmentally friendly.

This must be encouraged as much as possible through the provision of infrastructure and charging points. The latest figures from the CSO would indicate that drivers in County Wicklow are primed and ready for improvements in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and would embrace those improvements readily.

Whitmore continues “However, at the moment, we have a situation where there are no public charging points in the whole of the Greystones District and, unfortunately, the Minister has indicated to me that there are no plans to install any as part of his recently announced €20m fund to upgrade EV infrastructure nationwide.

This is despite my sending him a petition of close to 1,000 names calling for the installation of charge points in the area. In light of the latest data, I would ask that the Minister revisit this decision and prioritise the installation of charging points to build on the demand for electric vehicles that has been clearly demonstrated in the county.”

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