Transport represents a central part of our everyday lives. As the economy and population continues to grow, we are dependent on fossil fuels which places increased demand on our transport infrastructure. Transport sector accounts for 42% of the total energy demand nationally. According to the Climate Action Plan, Ireland will require 1,000,000 Electric Vehicles on the road by 2030 to reduce overall emissions in the transport sector.
In the 3 counties region of Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford, the total number of passenger vehicles in 2017 was 145,000. To achieve the 2030 Climate Action Plan the 3 counties will require 64,000 EVs.
According to CSO, in January 2020, 20,665 new private cars were licensed. Electric and hybrid (alternative fuel) vehicles accounted for one fifth (20.8%) of new private cars licensed in January 2020, compared with 11.6% in the same period in 2019.