Avatar Martin Clancy Jan 19 in News

New Electric & Hybrid car sales surge 68% Year-on-Year

Just under 15,000 new Electric & Hybrid cars were sold across Ireland in 2019. This represents a 68% year-on-year increase, or 6,085 extra car sales when compared to 2018.

In total,14,984 new Electric & Hybrid cars rolled off the nation’s forecourts over the last twelve months. Electric and Hybrid car sales are now the exclusive growth area in new car sales nationwide. Overall, the new car sales market is down nearly 7% (6.82%) when compared with 2018.

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The analysis was released by Ireland’s largest motor website DoneDeal, as part of DoneDeal’s 2019 Motor Industry Review, which was published today.


In the used car market, just under 544,495 vehicles traded hands, a 4% decrease on 2018.

Volkswagen was the most popular new and used car make of 2019. 13,508 new VW’s were sold over the last twelve months, while 71,178 used vehicles from the German manufacturer traded hands.

Meanwhile, both the Nissan Leaf and Hyundai Kona were tied on 1,086 sales each, making them the joint best-selling new Electric Cars nationwide. In the Hybrid market, the Toyota Corolla was the nation’s favourite with 3,857 new Corolla’s sold.
As part of the report, DoneDeal surveyed over 1,000 people looking to purchase a car. 26% of those surveyed indicated they would opt for a Hybrid of Electric vehicle as their next purchase. Diesel remains the most popular choice with future buyers, with 52% preferring Diesel above any other option. 22% were in favour of Petrol.

Martin Clancy from DoneDeal said: “Every month – one thousand two hundred and fifty new Electric & Hybrid cars are now rolling off the nation’s forecourts. In Dublin alone, over 6,000 were sold in 2019. It’s a similar pattern across the major cities. In Cork 1,835 new Electric & Hybrid units were sold. Galway witnessed a 55% year-on-year surge with sales of 660 new Hybrid and Electric vehicles. Meanwhile, Limerick (454) and Waterford (270) all witnessed substantial year-on-year increases.”

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