Industry News 11th April 2022

New research reveals that electric vehicles are driving motorists towards vehicle leasing while hybrid owners are most likely to consider a move to Battery Electric Vehicles. The number of new electric vehicles registered in the first quarter of 2022 has more than doubled the registrations recorded in 2021 and the Irish government has delayed plans to introduce legislation for e-scooters, we have picked out some the key headlines making the news this week.


UK government set to introduce zero emission vehicle mandate

The UK’s Department for Transport has revealed new plans to require auto manufacturers to produce a certain amount of zero-emission vehicles from 2024 ahead of the ban on the sale of new ICE cars and vans in 2030. Public consultation on the proposed mandate opened on 7th April and will run through to 10th June. It is anticipated that if approved the mandate would take effect from 1 January 2024

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Electric vehicles ‘accelerating’ a trend towards leasing

Carwow has revealed a 44% increase in leasing enquiries in 2021 with a 200% increase in electric vehicle leasing enquiries with those making up 38% of all enquiries. The company reports that EV customers are increasingly likely to opt for lease options to allay any concerns about battery maintenance and replacement costs and future residual values

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Battery Electric Vehicles enjoy record month in the UK

More battery electric vehicles were registered than in any single previous month according to new data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). A total of 39,315 BEVs were registered in March, taking a 16.1% share of the market and increasing by 78% on the numbers registered in March 2021.

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Hybrid owners most interested in switching to Electric Vehicles

Current hybrid car owners make up almost half of all searches for electric vehicles according to automotive ecommerce company, drivvn. Hybrid drivers accounted for 46% of all users of the company’s EV compactor tools. The data looked at 119,000 visits to the platform and highlights the continued change in driver attitudes and behaviours with respect to electric vehicle use.

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Electric Car sales double in first three months of 2022

In the first quarter of 2022, sales of Electric Vehicles (Battery Electric and Plug-in Hybrids) more than doubled in the Republic of Ireland as registration figures jumped from 2,314 in Q1 2021 to 5,388 this year. EVs accounted for 21% of all new cars licensed during the period while the sales of diesel powered vehicles continues to fall with a drop of 25% on previous year figures.

Find out more >>> Irish Examiner 

Irish Government to delay introduction of e-scooter legislation

The legislation and regulation of e-scooters in Ireland will be delayed as an update to the National Sustainable Mobility Policy reveals that regulations to ‘ensure the safe use of, and minimum safety and design requirements for PPTs will not be introduced until 2023. E-scooters typically travel at up to 20kph with a range of between 15 and 25km.

Find out more >>> Irish Independent