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Ireland’s ‘most in demand’ new car is an EV

Donedeal users, for the first time ever, have ranked an electric car, as the most in-demand vehicle.

That is according to a survey from “Ireland’s largest” motor and classifieds marketplace, which claims to boast more than 3 million daily users.

It recently released data from January 2022-August 2022 on demand among Irish car buyers for new cars, with the Volkswagen ID.4 featuring in the top spot.

According to Donedeal, 2022 is the first year than an electric vehicle has been the most in-demand new car across all fuel types on its site.

It says that these observations “cement the shifting attitudes of buyers towards EVs and provide a notable signal of Ireland’s electric evolution racing into 2023”.

Top 10 new cars on Donedeal by demand in 2022

  • 1 – Volkswagen ID.4 – electric;
  • 2 – Hyundai Tucson – hybrid;
  • 3 – Skoda – Kodiaq – diesel;
  • 4 – Kia – Sportage – diesel;
  • 5 – Hyundai Ioniq 5 – electric;
  • 6 – Audi – A6 – diesel;
  • 7 – Kia – EV6 – electric;
  • 8 – Volkswagen – Polo – petrol;
  • 9 – Audi – A4 – diesel;
  • 10 – Volkswagen Golf – petrol.

Donedeal says that car manufacturers now offering longer ranges on EVs present “further optimism” for EVs’ future in the country.

However, it says that this will only be the case if energy prices, stock levels and charging infrastructure “keep pace with appetite”.

AA research

34% of motorists in Ireland have or would switch to an electric vehicle (EV) due to rising fuel costs, new research indicates.

The Automobile Association in Ireland published the findings of its recent poll – involving 4,200 motorists – on EVs earlier this year.

14% of those that the association surveyed said a switch would be a ‘personal choice’, and 9% said an EV would be ‘suitable’ for their ‘driving needs’.

When the association asked why people would be hesitant to switch to an electric vehicle, 57% said it was due to a lack of or insufficient charging infrastructure.

Meanwhile, a further 45% said it was due to range anxiety or technological uncertainty and 58% said it would be cost-related.

21% revealed there is a lack of information about these vehicles, while a further 17% said there is limited availability and choice of models.

Previously, Danny Healy-Rae said that “people will buy electric cars when they are reliable and when they have a real alternative to what we have at present”.

Read more in this news article.

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