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A significant increase in the number of new electric cars (EVs) bought this year spells good news for Government plans to ultimately end new diesel and petrol vehicle sales.

But, in overall terms, the EV sales numbers for the first six months of 2019 are tiny.

They only serve to remind how daunting a task we face to reach the annual 100,000 or so purchases required to meet targets in the Climate Action Plan.

So far this year, 1,943 new EVs have been licensed, according to the latest Central Statistics Office (CSO) data. That is 721 ahead of sales for all of last year.

However, it is a long way from the level of buying needed to meet the plan’s goal of having nearly one million electric vehicles on our roads by 2030. That would mean us buying 100,000 a year on average.

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