Wicklow Leads The Way In Electric Car Purchases

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Wicklow Leads The Way In Electric Car Purchases


Latest press release from Cllr Jennifer Whitmore, issued on Tuesday, July 9th 2019…

County Wicklow leads the way in new electric car purchases according to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office Ireland (CSO) that show the county having 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%). While licensing of new petrol and diesel private cars across the State fell in the first six months of 2019, the number of electric and hybrid new private cars licensed increased by almost seventy percent (68.5%) to 9,150.

Social Democrats Cllr. Jennifer Whitmore, Chair of WCC’s Climate Change and Biodiversity SPC, said, “It’s great to see Wicklow top the poll when it comes to the purchase of new electric vehicles. There is a real appetite out there for change when it comes to reducing our carbon footprint and being more environmentally friendly. This must be encouraged as much as possible through the provision of infrastructure and charging points. The latest figures from the CSO would indicate that drivers in County Wicklow are primed and ready for improvements in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and would embrace those improvements readily.

Whitmore continues, “However, at the moment, we have a situation where there are no public charging points in the whole of the Greystones District and, unfortunately, the Minister has indicated to me that there are no plans to install any as part of his recently announced €20m fund to upgrade EV infrastructure nationwide. This is despite my sending him a petition of close to 1,000 names calling for the installation of charge points in the area.

“In light of the latest data, I would ask that the Minister revisit this decision and prioritise the installation of charging points to build on the demand for electric vehicles that has been clearly demonstrated in the county.”

1 Comment

  1. Vincent o'leary says:

    I read with interest that Wicklow is leading the way in the take up of electric and hybrid cars, one thing I would like to ask /say is where is the electric coming from? If the electric is coming from a power station which is fossil fuelled then all that is happening is we are shifting the pollution! However if these vehicles were to be charged with solar or wind or even tidal energy then that would be great.
    Electric vehicles have come on leaps and bounds but we have to remember that for them to be totally green we must charge them with green energy!
    The other thing to consider is has this country got the caperbility of supplying all that power? Plus if we all switch to electric the government will be loosing a huge amount of revenue in tax from the sale of petrol and diesel products, so, while it might be cheap to charge an electric vehicle now it won’t be long before governments slap on extra tax on electric to charge vehicles?
    I am all for a cleaner ,greener environment and indeed electric cars but on the understanding that we use green electric, every new house should be or have the provision for electric charge point as standard powered by green electric.
    There is also the issue of the charge point network…….. Of which I do not see many! Infrastructure needs to be in place for this all to work!

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