Electric Surge: Analyzing Waterford's Remarkable Rise in EV Sales in 2023

Eoin Kelleher's article in the Irish Independent, titled "Huge surge in EV car sales in Waterford in 2023," details significant growth in electric vehicle (EV) registrations in Waterford for the year 2023, based on data from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). Here’s a review of the key points:

Highlights from the Article:

  1. Overall Growth in Car Registrations: Waterford saw a 4.77% increase in new car registrations from January to December 2023, with 2,744 new cars registered, up from 2,619 in 2022.
  2. Significant Increase in EV Sales: There was a 44.64% increase in new electric car registrations, rising from 625 units in 2022 to 904 units in 2023, indicating a growing interest in EVs.
  3. Peak Months for Registrations: January and July were the strongest months for new car registrations, with 705 and 578 units sold, respectively.
  4. Popular Car Makes and Models: The most popular passenger cars in Waterford in 2023 were Toyota, Volkswagen, and Dacia, with the Dacia Sandero being the most sold model.
  5. Preference for Body Types: Hatchbacks were the most popular body type, followed by MPVs, estates, saloons, jeeps, and sports coupes.
  6. Engine Types and Preferences: Petrol engines remain the most popular, with 1,136 units sold in 2023, despite a decline in diesel engine types and a notable increase in electric engines.
  7. Transmission Types: Automatic transmission cars saw a rise in popularity, with 1,479 units sold in 2023, while manual cars saw a decrease.
  8. Popular Car Colors: The most favored car colors were grey, black, and blue.

The article provides a comprehensive overview of the car market trends in Waterford, with particular emphasis on the significant growth in EV sales. This surge reflects a broader trend towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation options.

Read the full article here: Huge surge in EV car sales in Waterford in 2023