Ireland’s motorists are increasingly shifting focus towards more sustainable means of transport. According to figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), 8,646 new electric cars were registered in 2021 compared to 4,013 in 2020 and 3,444 in 2019.
Leading the way was Volkswagens ID.4, which was the best-selling Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) in the country last year with an impressive 1,432 registrations since it launched in March 2021.
Following in close second was Volkswagen other all-electric vehicle, the ID.3. with 1,271 registrations. Originally launched in 2020, ID.3 sales rose by 255% in 2021 capping an extraordinary year for the ID family.
Rodolfo Calixto, Volkswagen Brand Director for Ireland said:
“I am delighted with the outstanding sales performance of our ID models. Irish motorists have displayed their willingness to be progressive and adopt electric vehicles at an accelerated pace. I am thrilled so many of them have chosen our ID family to make the switch.
“Our 2021 results are conclusive thumbs up for Volkswagen’s bold ACCELERATE strategy. By becoming the first manufacturer to produce and deliver electric vehicles to Irish consumers with a certified net carbon-neutral balance, we have demonstrated our intention to lead the way on electrification.”
In 2022, Volkswagen will ramp up its ACCELERATE strategy with the addition of new ID. Family models, the ID.5 and ID.5 GTX.
“I believe 2022 will be another milestone year for Volkswagen as we step up our ACCELERATE strategy,” said Calixto “We have ambitious plans for the ID.3 and ID.4. Meanwhile, the arrival of the all-new ID.5 and ID.5 GTX strengthens our position as the market leader. By delivering outstanding design, reassuringly long range and the pledge of net carbon-neutrality on delivery, Volkswagen is helping to deliver a more sustainable future for everyone.”
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