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70% want to go electric or hybrid

Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 4:03pm

Diesel is certainly not dead and remains the most popular fuel engine type among Irish motorists according to the latest Carzone Motoring Report.

Over half (58 per cent) of Irish drivers own a diesel car and 39 per cent own a petrol car, while only two per cent of Irish motorists drive a hybrid or electric vehicle.

The research found that Irish motorists are open to switching engine type, with 70 per cent saying they plan to buy an electric or hybrid car in the future.

It seems younger drivers (18-24 year olds) are more environmentally conscious with three quarters (77 per cent) of this group likely to purchase an electric or hybrid car in the future, compared to those over 45 years old (63 per cent).

The 2019 Carzone search data shows that the Nissan Leaf and Lexus IS300h were the most viewed electric and hybrid vehicles on the site last year.

When it comes to the motivation behind buying a ‘greener’ car, it’s clear that the financial incentive is most important to drivers, 57 per cent of those who own an electric or hybrid vehicle say cheaper running costs was the main reason they bought this type of car.

One fifth (20 per cent) claimed the environmental benefits as the main reason and ten per cent cited the tax incentive as their main motivation.

Electric and hybrid cars are certainly becoming more attractive to Irish motorists, with half price tolls for full electric cars, up to €5,000 in VRT rebates, lower motor tax and free parking in a number of locations.

While awareness about the benefits of ‘greener’ cars continues to grow, over a third of people (36 per cent) were unaware of the Government’s goal to reach 100 per cent of all new cars and vans being EVs by 2030, and only 16 per cent feel that it is achievable.

The Carzone Motoring Report is compiled by analysing data from the 80 million+ car views carried out on Carzone in 2019, as well as an in-depth survey of over 1,500 Irish drivers.

Commenting, Karl Connolly, Audience Manager Carzone said: “This is the eleventh edition of the Carzone Motoring Report, a study that examines trends and changing behaviours of Irish motorists. For this edition, we’ve focused on alternative fuel engines as it’s certainly topical in the motoring industry at the moment.

“Awareness about the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles is on the rise among drivers and our research found that 70 per cent of drivers intend to buy an electric or hybrid car in the near future.

“It’s interesting to see that only a third of people were aware of the Government’s EV goal, and only 16 per cent of respondents think it’s achievable according to this year’s report.”

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