IN the first six months of the year, electric and hybrid vehicles accounted for 11.8% of all new private cars licensed, up from 6.5% from 2018.
While licensing of new petrol and diesel private cars fell in the first six months of 2019, the number of electric and hybrid new private cars licensed increased by 68.5% to
New CSO figures show that Wicklow had the largest proportional increase in new private electric cars licensed in the first half of 2019, at 4.7%. This was followed by Kildare (3.6%) and Leitrim (3.5%).
For hybrid vehicles, Longford had the highest proportional increase at 14.6%, followed by Galway (13.1%) and Cavan (12.5%).
Overall, Dublin, Cork and Galway had the highest number of electric/hybrid new private cars licenced between January and June 2019.
Hyundai, Nissan, Renault, Volkswagen and BMW represented 93.4% of all new electric private cars licensed in the first six months of 2019.
Toyota represented 82.8% of all new hybrid private cars licensed in the same period.