While sales of electric vehicles are actually up in Ireland this year, providing one of the very few bright spots in an otherwise relentlessly gloomy car market, they are perhaps not as high as they ought to be. Certainly, they’re nowhere near as high as they need to be if we’re to have any hope of meeting the target of one million electric cars on the road by the end of this decade.
That’s in spite of a glut of new EV models arriving onto the market, including some at price points much lower than has been the case for electric cars in the past. So why are we not buying?
“My dad was planning on buying an electric car,” Sarah Rust, of start-up company EVE, tells Business Ireland. “Just from looking at what was available then, it was terrible. You would lose so much of your freedom of movement,