Urban-rural divide among new electric car buyers

Oct 4, 2022 17:10 By Shannonside News
Urban-rural divide among new electric car buyers Urban-rural divide among new electric car buyers
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The latest figures from SIMI show an encouraging rise in the sale of electric vehicles

The Deputy Director General of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry says there's evidence of an urban-rural divide when it comes to buying electric cars.

Tom Cullen was commenting this afternoon on the latest car sales figures which show that an average of 10% of new cars bought in Shannonside region last year were electric vehicles.

The motor society representative says while there's an encouraging trend of buyers of electric cars, we need more and more if there's to be an effective second-hand supply for other buyers.


Speaking on the Let's Talk show this afternoon, Mr Cullen says buying an electric car is an easier decision to make for people who live in the bigger cities.

We'd have a lot of people who would be able to , due to public transport, in Dublin for example, will be able to buy an electric vehicle , cos they'll be able to use public transport for alternative travel.

That's not the same in rural Ireland, it's much more difficult to make that decision, when you;re based down the country.


Range is getting much better, no question, the cars are getting better, but again there's a limited number of people that can buy a new car.

We need more of them to buy those new cars, to buy the electric cars , to create that used car of three and four years time.




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