New electric car registrations reached their highest month on record in January, according to new figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI).

3,682 EVs were registered throughout the month, up over 36% on January 2022.

EVs now account for 13.5% of the marketplace.

With supply chains improving, Brian Cooke, Director General of SIMI said they anticipate continuing growth in the EV market, but he said this will not only be down to vehicle supply but also to the level of Government supports.

"We are still in the early stages of the EV project and the recent announcement of increased funding by the State for the national charging infrastructure will help allay range anxiety concerns and encourage more motorists to look at an EV," he said.

"However, this increased investment must not be at the expense of purchase supports, which are essential in encouraging the behavioural change required to convince more consumers to go electric," he added.

According to SIMI, a total of 27,364 new cars were registered in January, up 9.4% on the same month the previous year.

However, new car sales were still 15% behind January 2019 - pre Covid.

The figures show that sales of commercial vehicles both Light (LCV) and Heavy (HGVs), are also showing an increase on last year.

Today's data shows that Toyota was the top selling new car brand in January, followed by Hyundai, Volkswagen, Skoda, Kia, Ford, Dacia, Peugeot, Audi and BMW.

The top selling new EV in January was the Hyundai Ioniq 5, followed by the Hyundai Kona and the Volkswagen ID.4, according to SIMI.