EV Sales 2013 – Ireland Ranked Last Out of 17 Countries in Europe


There Are Lots of Charging Stations in Ireland, But Few EVs

There Are Lots of Charging Stations in Ireland, But Few EVs

The plug-in vehicles sales data for 17 European countries (17 biggest economies) is now in – and Ireland ranks dead last in terms of EV sales for 2013.

Elon Musk in Ireland trying to Drive Up EV Adoption

Elon Musk in Ireland trying to Drive Up EV Adoption

All told, only 58 electric vehicles were sold in Ireland in 2013.  That number puts Ireland behind Iceland (72), Estonia (132) and Finland (181).

At 58 units sold, EV represented only 0.07% of passenger vehicle sales in Ireland last year.

Oddly, Ireland has charging points across the entire country and even offers incentives for purchasing EVs, so we’re not sure why the people of the nation aren’t buying them.

In Nearby Netherlands, 23,149 plug-in vehicles were sold in 2013.

Ireland’s goal is to have EVs represent 10% of the new vehicle registrations by 2020.  It’s nowhere near that goal now and if sales don’t pick up dramatically, then that goal will be unobtainable.

Top 5 countries in 2013 for plug-in vehicle sales in Europe:

  1. Netherlands
  2. France
  3. Norway
  4. UK
  5. Germany

Bottom 5 countries in 2013 for plug-in vehicle sales in Europe:

13. Portugal
14. Estonia
15. Finland
16. Iceland
17. Ireland

Source: Silicon Republic

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14 responses to "EV Sales 2013 – Ireland Ranked Last Out of 17 Countries in Europe"
  1. DaveMart says:

    Those ratings are clearly not population weighted, and so are comparing, for instance, Germany, with 80 million people with Iceland, with 600,000 as though the absolute numbers sold tell the story.

    1. Mikael says:

      72 on Iceland…that must be like 1% of all cars sold last year. Imagine Germany getting 1 percent of total sales instead. 🙂

    2. Cavaron says:

      On the other hand – I just learned from that, that the little Netherlands rock in absolute numbers. Who had thought of that.

  2. offib says:

    Yeah, I saw that post from Silicon Republic. They’re really behind considering that they reported about this on the 27th (and there’s no way of telling them that they’re out of date as they don’t have a comments section).

    The poor sales was pretty much because of new cars like the updated Kangoo Z.E and new Nissan LEAF weren’t released in Ireland in 2013. For that whole year of 2013, there were only left over stock like the older, more expensive LEAF was for sale so it’s understandable why many held off and waited for the cheaper, new one built in the UK. We also don’t have the Zoe, which would thrive as the majority of our chargers are the fairly quick 22kW AC chargers.

    Now that it’s 2014, it’s looking a lot brighter. 52 EVs were sold in January, 1 was an i3, 51 were Nissan LEAFs which is more than all of the 46 sold in 2013. Fun Fact, the LEAF outsold the Prius (which has no base version) in January.

    In February, only 16 EVs were sold which is still the second best result, 11 were Nissan LEAFs, the rest were a mix of Renaults and BMW. This follows the trend of the total car sales where it spikes in January and dips violently thereafter until July spikes them up again.

    We definitely won’t get numbers to be proud in like ESB’s hope of 250,000 EVs by the 2020s or having at least 1% of new cars being EVs, let alone 10% for Norway. (We’re around 0.20%) in 2014.

    1. Mikael says:

      I assume that you are waiting for EVs with longer range so that you can do multiple cross-country trips… hehe…

      1. offib says:

        If I could afford a new car, I wouldn’t. I’d buy a LEAF in a heartbeat. There is an abundance of chargers, the Rapid Chargers are around 60km from each other. Remember, Ireland is small.The map above is out of date, there are much more now. Every year, I do the dreaded trips from Dublin to Wexford, around 110km, something like that. That’s a popular destination for most people and a doddle because of Rapid chargers at a half way point of the trip in Gorey or Arklow. The only people here who’d still ask for a charging infrastructure or more range would be unaware that there is one in the first place. That or they really have something against EVs.

        There are still quite a few major obstacles with EV adoption. Prejudice, it doesn’t help that everyone reads the Irish equivalent of the Daily Mail or Telegraph. There’s also awareness, there is no public knowledge of electric cars or charging infrastructure. If those hurdles are reduced a bit, we will definitely see some proper potential from the LEAF. Excluding the €5,000 deduction from the VRT tax, the base LEAF costs €25.000. That’s compared to the most popular car sold, the VW Golf which costs €24,000 for the cheapest 1.4l diesel version.

        1. David Stone says:

          I went home to visit two years ago and was surprised how backward everyones thinking was, even among my otherwise intelligent and eductated relatives.

          But then, they are still very religious, so…

          1. Robster1979 says:

            Are you talking about everyone in the USA further than 30 miles from the east or west coast or about Ireland:-(

            How about some generalisations…

            1. Anon says:

              Jesus would have driven electric. 😉

              1. David Stone says:

                unfortunately most people who call themselves christian don’t really care about how Jesus did or would behave…

            2. David Stone says:

              the article is about Ireland, so I meant Ireland 😉

          2. offib says:

            We, we’re not so religious anymore, all due to the young adults from students to adults in their early 30s. Still, they are not the demographic of people who’d be purchasing new cars.

            It’s all about awareness and education. No one is educated, not one bit about EVs, not even the newspaper journalists. Those who are buying new cars, people in their 40s, 50s, 60s and so on are unaware that there is such a thing of an electric car. Unaware that there are electric cars other than the stereotypical G-Wiz. Unaware of how far they travel in a day or how far the cars can go. Unaware of electric cars getting cheaper. Unaware of our rather extensive charging network. Unaware that they’re cheaper to run

            That’s what I get from family and friends. They are unaware that things have accelerated quite a bit since 2010. When mentioning Rapid Chargers, they point out how impractical it is to “wait” for 15 minutes in a garage (petrol station) where there’s a shop to buy coffee in. It definitely takes that amount of time to attend at the pump, wait in line to pay or the petrol at the till.

            Some of them think Hydrogen is the way to go, but are unaware of their cost to buy or run. Unaware of their inexistant infrastructure. Unaware of FCEV’s purpose which is to rack up as many points (9 per compared to 2 – 3 for a 70 – 100 mile EV) for automakers from California’s ZE Mandate.
            Hydrogen has a very little chance coming here.

            From that, I’ve gotten the sense that we’re rather impatient and concerned about how others see us with a car that has a plug.

            As I’ve known for a good chunk of my life: Those who are left ignorant will think that they’re not.

            1. offib says:

              *9 percent per FCEV sold

            2. David Stone says:

              But they have the internet and sometimes people (like me) who tell them stuff.

              In my experience, they do not want to even consider the possibility.

              A nice place to visit, but I don’t think I ever want to move back.