Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2427)

John Lahart

Ceist:

2427. Deputy John Lahart asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of electric vehicles sold here in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form; the estimated figure for the estimated quotes in electric vehicles by 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33365/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The table listed below provides the details requested by the Deputy in relation to the number of electric vehicles sold here in 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form.

Also included in the answer are details on the targets for electric vehicles by 2025 and 2030.

No of Electric Vehicle's under current Motor Taxation at 31st December 2017, 2018 & 2019

Year

Number

2017

2,913

2018

4,825

* 2019

7,071

The national car fleet accounts for over half of all land transport emissions; as such, the transition to low emission vehicles, including electric vehicles (EVs), is a necessary step-change to effect a substantial reduction in transport emissions. Accordingly, EVs are a prominent mitigation technology in the recently published Climate Action Plan, with a target of 180,000 EVs on our roads by 2025 and 936,000 EVs by 2030. While these are very challenging targets, the rate of uptake of EVs has grown significantly in the past year with over 7,000 full electric vehicles [CF1] on Irish roads by the end of June 2019. It is further expected that battery and recharging technologies will continue to advance and more models will become available and cheaper in the coming years making the switch to EVs easier for consumers. In order to continue the current trajectory of EV sales I will continue to work closely with Ministers Bruton and Donohoe and their respective Departments to map out the new policy pathway that will be necessary to ensure that Ireland is well positioned to make the transition to electrification as efficiently as possible.