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Asked why people would be hesitant to switch to an EV, 57pc said it was due to a lack of or insufficient charging infrastructure. Stock image

Asked why people would be hesitant to switch to an EV, 57pc said it was due to a lack of or insufficient charging infrastructure. Stock image

Asked why people would be hesitant to switch to an EV, 57pc said it was due to a lack of or insufficient charging infrastructure. Stock image

The continuing surge in petrol and diesel prices is prompting more drivers to consider going electric.

Just over a third of motorists have or would switch to an electric vehicle due to rising fuel costs, according to an AA Ireland survey.

It comes as figures for July show the average price of petrol in Ireland is now at €2.14, with the average price of a litre of diesel now at €2.15.

In three weeks, diesel prices have increased by an average of 4.4pc from €2.05 to €2.14, AA said. Petrol prices have gone from €2.13 per litre to €2.16 – a 1.4pc increase.

The cost of putting fuel in an average petrol car is €777 more than last year, or 42pc more.

The survey of over 4,200 motorists shows that 34pc of them have or would switch to an electric vehicle due to rising fuel costs.

Around half would buy hybrid as their next vehicle.

The survey also reveals that 33pc are likely or have already switched to an electric vehicle (EV) due to climate change.

When asked why people would be hesitant to switch to an EV, 57pc said it was due to a lack of or insufficient charging infrastructure.

Some 45pc said it was due to anxiety or technological uncertainty, and 58pc said it was due to cost.

A number of motorists surveyed said there is a lack of information about these vehicles, while others said there is limited availability and choice of models.

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Half of those surveyed said the Government’s target of having one million EVs on the road by 2030 is not achievable, while 30pc said it might be.

The survey also asked respondents what type of vehicle they would choose if they were to purchase another or a different one in the next year. 

Half said hybrid, 15pc said petrol, 19pc said diesel and 14pc said a battery EV.

AA Ireland head of communications Paddy Comyn said: “Our survey does highlight that there appears to be a greater urgency on the part of the car-buying public to move to electric or partially electric vehicles, with this accelerated by ever rising fuel costs.”

“With a greater range of electric vehicles on sale, there is now a very healthy choice.”


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