New figures from the Central Statistics Office show the continued growth in the number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles licensed in Ireland.

The CSO said the number of new electric cars licensed jumped by 76% from 6,594 in the first eight months of 2021 to 11,618 the same time this year.

In the first eight months of 2022, the CSO noted that 21% of all new cars licensed for the first time were electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles compared with 15% the same time in 2021.

Meanwhile the number of new diesel cars continues to decrease and for the first eight months of 2022, a total of 23,397 new cars licensed were diesel cars compared with 30,470 the same time last year.

Overall, the number of new cars licensed in August rose by 4% from 8,563 to 8,942.

A total of 31,762 used private cars were licensed in the first eight months of 2022 compared with 50,771 in the same period in 2021, the CSO added.

The total number of used vehicles licensed in the first eight months of 2022 was down 34% compared with the same period in 2021.

Today's data also shows that Volkswagen (1,575) was the most popular make of new private car licensed in August, followed by Toyota (942), Kia (777), Skoda (705) and Hyundai (608). Together these five makes represent 52% of all new private cars licensed in August.