EV Sales Double in NI - NIEVO Calls for Urgent Action on Chargers


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Northern Ireland’s electric vehicle
sales up 82% year-on-year

Wednesday December 23 2020 - for immediate release

ALMOST twice as many electric vehicles have been sold in Northern Ireland this year as in 2019, government figures revealed for the first time show.

In the first nine months of 2020, 1,052 plug-in vehicles were registered - an 82% increase on the whole of last year, with three months’ sales still to be reported. This growth is even more significant as it came during the COVID pandemic which saw a steep decline in new car sales overall in Northern Ireland - down 34.6% for the 12 months to September.
The Northern Ireland Electric Vehicle Owners (NIEVO) group, which obtained the separate regional figures from the UK Department for Transport, says the assembly must improve the public charging network to cope with the sales boom and anticipate growing demand for the infrastructure.

NIEVO co-founder Mark McCall said: “Our members are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress around our public charging network. As we head for a 100% increase in sales this year compared to last, the steep decline of the service must be arrested and our Assembly needs to step in to ensure that a network that’s fit for purpose is provided for EV drivers in Northern Ireland.”

Co-founder Darren Henderson said: “We urge the Assembly to convene a cross-department meeting early in the new year to set in motion plans for change. Our early lead in EV charging has been squandered and after years of neglect urgent action is now required. The change to sustainable transport is well under way and will only accelerate as more people move to the superior driving experience and lower running costs of an EV.”

The rolling sales total for the 12 months to September this year (the latest available quarter) was 1,154 vehicles. This includes fully electric models and plug-in hybrids. The biggest seller was the plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 3 series, of which 131 were registered. The rest of the top five were all-electric - the Jaguar I-Pace (108), Nissan Leaf (103), Renault Zoe (94) and Audi e-tron (89) - showing that buyers are increasingly turning their back on the combustion engine.

There are more than 4,000 plugin vehicles in Northern Ireland and this figure is set to increase rapidly. The government has announced the end of the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2030.

You can read the full figures at Top 20 Best Selling Plugin Cars in Northern Ireland
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Formed in 2016, NIEVO promotes EVs for sustainable transport in Northern Ireland and represents the largest group of electric vehicle drivers in the province. Find out more at www.nievo.org/our-history.