New figures from the Central Statistics Office show the continued growth in the number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles licensed in Ireland so far this year.
The CSO said the number of new electric cars licensed has increased by 79% from 5,649 in the first seven months of 2021 to 10,105 in 2022.
At the same time the number of new diesel cars is decreasing and for the first seven months of this year, 20,931 new cars licensed were diesel compared with 27,754 the same time last year.
The CSO noted that 21% of all new cars licensed for the first time so far this year were electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) compared with 14% the same time last year.
Overall, today's CSO figures show that the number of new cars licensed in July fell by 25% on the same time last year.
A total of 15,078 new cars were licensed in July, a decrease of 5,154 on the 20,232 licensed the same time last year.
Meanwhile, the number of used private cars licenses was also lower, falling by 26% to 4,118 in July from 5,590 the same time last year.
Today's figures show that Toyota (2,592) was the most popular make of new private cars licensed in July followed by Volkswagen (2,084), Hyundai (1,831), Kia (1,098), and Skoda (1,080).
Together, these five makes represent 58% of all new private cars licensed in July.