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
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:
13. Portugal 14. Estonia 15. Finland 16. Iceland 17. Ireland
Source: Silicon Republic