Ireland Hits 4 Digits For Plug-In Registrations All-Time

AUG 1 2015 BY JAY COLE 16

SEAI Tweet The 1,000th EV Sold - We Imagine It Was A Nissan LEAF

SEAI Tweet The 1,000th EV Registered – We Imagine It Was A Nissan LEAF

The SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) announced today that there are now 1,000 registered and operating plug-in vehicles in Ireland today.

By our count, Ireland is the 23rd country to reach that milestone for registrations – so congrats to them!

We haven’t seen any data from the country yet from July (as the month is just closing now), but of the first 950 odd EVs, just over 600 were Nissan LEAFs.  More than 70% of EV arrivals in 2015 are also of the Nissan LEAF variety(~300), with the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Renault Zoe and BMW i3 all competing for a distant second place with around 20-30 units  each.

Editor’s Note/Update:  Just to avoid any confusion, the article is on the total registrations milestone for Ireland.  It will still be a couples month before Ireland gets its 1,000th new EV sales

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Percentage wise Irland should be höher than rank 23.

We have a good 2015 EV share of roughly 0.5%, which to be honest it’s safe to say that we’re just trailing a year behind everyone else.

But there have been two months last year that outsold hybrids with over 1% share. That’s likely to happen again.

I found that there were 78,660 new cars registrations in Ireland so far in 2015 through.
0.4% or 317 were electric
1.0% or 793 were gas + electric
71% or 55,870 were diesel
27.4% or 21,553 were gasoline

So 1.4% plug-ins vehicles is better than the US, and Europe in general. And it appears over 1000 were sold just in the first half of this year. Does that mean the 1000 they are celebrating is just pure electric cars, not PHEVs?

That data is through June.

Oh, I’d be careful is you used

Some of the plug-ins were registered as ”Unknown”, some hidden as ”Petrol/Electric” and just more nonsense.

I helped with ev-salesblog to count every plug-in sale. On the site, VW for example would say that they sold 3 e-Golfs, but two of them being diesels…

There were also C-Class hybrids that were registered at ”Unknown”, similar to the i3 REx or Outlander PHEV.

This June, only one Renault Twingo was sold and it’s registered as an EV, and there’s also a counted, mysterious plug-in hybrid that can’t be found. So that messes up the numbers. smh.

Including two Kangoo Z.Es this June, there would be 385 plug-in sales made in 2015.

But only 5 more sales were too little to write about. This July though, there would possibly be over 100 sales. Yet the market share would lower since it will be part of a spending spree due to new registration plates.

Ahhh… Thanks, kdawg! I gotta say, their June results confused me a bit, showing that 13 EVs were sold. I think it may involves used imports (from the UK), whereas 10 electric ”swimmers” came this June.

I wouldn’t truest either site to count every detail, the source I said mucks things up quite a bit. For the CSO, I’m unaware if they registered plug-in hybrids as ”Hybrids” or ”other”.

Also, I never knew why I never checked it out before, but the site shows imports. 48 plug-ins were imported this year and 52 sold all of last year. So I guess that adds.

There’s also roughly 1 used hybrid sold for every 4 new hybrids sold!

Ireland has around 2,5 Million cars on the Road, so one in every 2500 cars is a EV. In the US the numbers is much better at around 1 in every 640 cars is an EV (400k EVs, 254m cars).

Congratulations to Ireland, New Zealand is far behind at 700 EV/PHEV units.
In New Zealand the BMW i8 outsells the Tesla S

I wonder about tesla sales, they could cover whole island with few superchargers.

But with such small sales. No incentives there? Model selection? Stockpiles?

We do have incentives here, very similar to the UK, but I don’t have a clue if we have incentives for company car owners. I seriously have no knowledge of it. But I did find this: ”Benefits include: accelerated capital allowance scheme permitting write-off of capital investment within one year; government incentive of up to €5000 grant per vehicle and zero VRT relief of up to €5,000 ; significantly lower running and maintenance costs; reduction in company carbon footprint. ” 2 Teslas were sold this year and 4 in all of 2014. I was lucky enough to see 2 of them! There was also one famous blue Roadster that was registered in 2010. Tesla did plan to have 4 superchargers, one in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast. Yet I think they wouldn’t be too quick or bothered on it given the sales and the small Irish market as a whole. The closest Tesla store is between Liverpool and Manchester and Tesla would hardly be making any sales if it doesn’t bring a store here. A lot of people here would never have heard of Tesla Motors, especially when the typical new car buyer (in their 60s or 70s) would stubbornly… Read more »

Well done Ireland!

I think other countries will have almost all EVs way before USA has 10% EVs. Other countries have much higher costs for petrol. The countries are smaller and not as much long distance traveling. They seem to understand the fuel and maintenance costs more. All the savings in fuel and maintenance can buy new tires and a new battery after 100,000 to 150,000 miles. Who knows how long these lithium batteries will last. There is an individual with 200,000 miles on 2012 Volt. His major repair tires and a wheel bearing. Yes he has been using fuel mode a lot. However at is way better than a lot of ICE vehicles. I have heard the prius is starting to need batteries after 100,000 miles. However prius does not have lithium batteries.

The prius battery will most likely hold (much) longer than a small BEV battery (<30kWh). There are prius with half a Million km in their first battery.

British Columbia passed this mark sometime in 2014 (ref:, and we don’t have the kind of DCQC infrastructure that Ireland has. Our Powers That Be have made the process a very, very slow rollout, and as such most of us are stuck in the greater Vancouver region. By contrast, you can get anywhere in Ireland in a 2011 Leaf with a degraded battery, just by hopping the quick chargers.

Anyway, the lesson here isn’t “DCQC everywhere will make sales skyrocket”. No, it’s all about the Benjamins. The Leaf et al. are even more expensive in Ireland than they are here. In the US they’re cheaper, even without the government rebates and their market penetration is far better than Ireland.