53% of Irish motorists say they will be driving an electric vehicle by 2030, new research from forecourt and convenience retailer Circle K shows today.

Electric vehicles are seen by 70% of motorists here as playing a significant role in reducing the country's level of greenhouse gas emissions, the survey also found.

Today's research reveals that forecourts will continue to play a significant role in powering people's transport needs, with over two fifths of motorists saying they will rely on forecourts for access to EV charging facilities in the future.

Circle K currently has EV charging points located at more than a quarter of its company owned sites nationwide, with more being added over the coming years.

But the survey also found that 56% of motorists feel the current charging infrastructure would not meet their needs if they switched to an EV.

This was the main reason given for not making the switch, followed by the expense of purchasing an electric vehicle (37%), lack of knowledge of electric vehicles (16%) and range anxiety (15%).

Meanwhile, just 42% of adults are aware of their nearest charging station, with just under half (47%) saying it is within 5km.

Dubliners said they feel they live closer to a charging station with 57% saying one is less than 5km away. This falls to 42% for Munster and 36% for Connacht and Ulster.

Jonathan Diver, Senior Director Fuel at Circle K Ireland, said the company's "mission" is to make its customers lives easier every day and that applies to Ireland's transition to electric vehicle usage.

"We want to ensure this transition is easy for customers and provide them with access to fast and convenient EV charging solutions," Mr Diver said.

"In recent years, we have significantly developed our EV charging capabilities and infrastructure across our network, rolling out charging points at more than a quarter of our company owned sites, and will continue to do so in the coming years as consumers energy needs evolve," he added.

Mr Diver said that while widespread EV usage and facilities to match is the future destination, the journey in between also needs to be considered.

"We need to transition away from fuel products but ensure we do this in a gradual and appropriate manner. It is also important to remember that everyone's journey towards EV usage will be different," he said.

"For example, someone living in an urban setting with greater access to services and transport is in a completely different situation to someone in rural Ireland who still need their traditionally fuelled cars to get from A to B. We need to ensure we have solutions for everyone during this transitionary period," he added.

Today's research was conducted by iReach among a nationally representative sample of 1,000 people in Ireland in July.