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29 May 2022

Over 25,000 new cars registered in January with significant growth in electric and hybrid vehicles

171 New Car Registrations down 9% on 161

More than 25,000 new cars were registered in Ireland in the first month of 2022 according to official figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI).

New cars registrations for the month of January are down slightly -0.2% (25,093) when compared to January 2021 (25,140). Light Commercial vehicles (LCV) are up slightly 0.7% (5,055) compared to January last year (5,022). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are also showing a small decrease of 1.5% (332) in comparison to January 2021 (337). 

Used car imports have seen a 40.8% (4,041) decrease in January when compared with January 2021 (6,821).

New electric car registrations reached their highest month on record with 2,714 registered in January 2022 (+178%), compared to 977 January 2021. 

Battery technology cars have seen the greatest increase in market share for January, accounting for over 46% of the new car market. There was a significant increase in growth for hybrid (26.5%), plug-in hybrid (8.4%) and electric (10.8%) market share. Despite a large decrease in market share for internal combustion engine type vehicles, petrol is now dominant (28.6%), while Diesel declined to (22.4%).

Automatic transmissions (57.1%) have increased their market share for January overtaking manual transmissions (42.8%) in popularity for the first time.

Commenting on the new vehicle registrations SIMI Brian Cooke Director General said:  “New car registrations in January are in line with last year. Sales are still 22% behind pre-pandemic levels (2019), largely due to supply chain issues arising from various lock-downs. With retailers reporting strong order banks and with expected improvements in supply as the year progresses, this should lead to both an improving new car market and a more even spread of sales in 2022. Also the trade-ins against January new car sales will have an increased supply of used car stock, which means greater variety and volume for interested used car buyers in the weeks ahead.

"On a positive note, electric cars accounted for 11% of the new car market, an increase of 178% on last year. The 2,714 new Electric Vehicles (EVs) on the road in January equate to EV sales for the whole of Quarter 1 last year. The increasing appetite for electric, plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) and hybrid vehicles has seen cars with battery technology accounting for over 46% of new car sales during the month. It is anticipated that the strong growth in EV sales will continue for the rest of 2022. In this environment, it is essential that Government supports the expansion of a national charging infrastructure to keep pace with this demand for EVs. In addition, the grant and taxation incentives must be extended if we are to secure a greater supply of EVs for Ireland and to encourage more consumers to choose low and zero-emitting vehicles.” 

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