Hyundai Lead The Market In Sales of Electric Cars in Ireland

Electric Cars Ireland 2022

Vehicle History and data expert Cartell.ie and Car sales platform CarsIreland.ie can reveal the results of an analysis on the sales of electric cars in Ireland in the year-to-date 2022.

Hyundai Electric Cars Most Popular

Cartell.ie looked at the numbers of EVs sold by manufacturer in the year to date and the results show Hyundai has outsold its rivals, with Kia in second position and Volkswagen (the leader in our equivalent analysis last year) now in third. Tesla, the premium brand, has sold 800 vehicles during the period under review, leaving them in fifth overall.

Table 1 Numbers of EVs sold by manufacturer Jan to April* 2022 (Source: Cartell Catstat)

*April figure is for an incomplete month

Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV model making a big impression

The top selling EV model is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 , making a huge impression with buyers. Cartell.ie looked at the total number of EVs sold by model in the year to date and found the top best-selling model so far this year is the Hyundai Ioniq 5 followed by the Nissan Leaf and VW ID 4. The Tesla Model 3 is currently in 4th position.

It is worth bearing in mind though that supply issues may be having an effect on manufacturer market share and the related number of electric cars sold in Ireland. Consumers can only purchase what electric cars are available to them at a specific moment in time and some manufacturers may be impacted more by global supply chain issues than others.

Table 2 Numbers of EVs sold by model Jan to April* 2022 (Source: Cartell Catstat)

*April figure is for an incomplete month

EVs Change of ownership

Cartell.ie also report that compared with their petrol and diesel counterparts, owners of EVs tend to hold onto their vehicle longer. Cartell looked at all private cars in the fleet, all fuel types, to consider ownership changes. The company found that 75 per cent of EVs registered are still on their first owner – this contrasts with a figure of 29 per cent for the private fleet as a whole.

Overall numbers of EVs

Finally Cartell.ie looked at the overall number of EVs sold in Ireland between January and March each year for the last 4 years. In 2022, 7078 EVs were sold in the period under consideration: more than treble the equivalent figure for last year over the same period.

Table 3 Overall Numbers of EVs sold in Ireland Jan to March 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 (Source: Cartell Catstat)

John Byrne, Cartell says:

“EV sales are definitely taking off: we have seen a trebling of new electric car sales in Ireland so far in 2022 over last year’s numbers. In terms of models the Ioniq 5 is proving the most popular with consumers so far this year. Hyundai lead the way with Kia close behind. Volkswagen, which was on top when we ran the equivalent analysis last year, are still close to the summit with over 1,000 EV sales in 2022. Tesla has sold 800 EVs in the period under consideration with the Model 3 proving their most popular model constituting 592 of those new car sales.”

Cartell.ie is Ireland’s first and most comprehensive automotive data supplier providing Car History Checks to consumers and dealers. Launched in 2006, Cartell.ie is the automotive data expert providing tailored vehicle intelligence data to insurers, financiers, parts suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, and all sectors of the automotive industry. We supply data for multiple European countries such as, UK & Ireland, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Malta and more. 

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