Kildare Takes the Lead: A Surge in EV Sales Marks a Green Transition in 2023

Aisling Bolton-Dowling's article in the Irish Independent, titled "Kildare motorists leading the way when it comes to EV sales," highlights the significant growth in electric vehicle (EV) sales in Kildare. Here's a review of the key points:

Key Highlights from the Article:

  1. Rapid Growth in EV Sales in Kildare: Kildare has seen a nearly 49% increase in new electric car registrations, from 842 last year to 1,250 this year.
  2. Leading Position in Leinster: Among Leinster counties outside of Dublin, Kildare holds the highest number of new electric car registrations in 2023.
  3. Comparison with Other Counties: Dublin leads Leinster with 10,867 new EV registrations, a 50% increase from last year. Kildare is second, followed by Meath, Wicklow, and other counties, all of which have seen an increase in new EV registrations compared to last year.
  4. Overall Increase in EV Registrations: Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General, notes that the market share of battery electric cars continues to rise across all counties, with private consumer sales dominating the EV market.
  5. Contrast with Overall Car Sales: Despite the increase in EV registrations, new car registrations in November decreased by 4% compared to November 2022. However, year-to-date registrations are up 15% from last year.
  6. Commercial Vehicle Sales: Sales of commercial vehicles, both Light (LCV) and Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), remain subdued for November but are ahead year-to-date.

This article highlights the significant trend towards electric vehicles in Kildare and the broader Leinster region, indicating a shift in consumer preferences towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation options.

Read the full article here: Kildare motorists leading the way when it comes to EV sales