Surge in electric vehicle sales

2019 sees record registrations across the UK and Ireland

2019 has already seen a massive increase in the purchase of zero emissions and hybrid cars across the UK & Ireland. The UK has seen a sizeable increase of 14.3% in EVs registered YTD compared to the same time last year. According to the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders), the increase is in line with the latest forecast for this sector, currently expected to rise to around 177,000 units by the end of the year.

A total of 86,000 of these cars are expected to be low emission plug-in hybrids and battery electrics – taking the plug-in market share to around 3.7% as an ever-increasing number of models come on sale.

According to SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry), there has been 1435 zero emissions cars registered in the first quarter of 2019 compared to just 282 for the same time last year. This represents a massive increase of 409%.

Alongside the Nissan Leaf, a new entrant to the Irish market shares the top spot in this category – the Hyundai Kona. This compact SUV is the first mid-range ‘family’ car to hit the electric market so its immediate popularity is unsurprising. At the premium end of the market, the BMW i3, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla have made their mark with 116 vehicles sold between them. Significant growth can also be seen for petrol/diesel plugin electric hybrids with an increase of 33%. A hybrid vehicle works from both fuel and a battery, however plugin models produce significantly less emissions.

Within this category we can see that that Toyota dominate the top 10 with their range of options including the new hybrid Corolla. Land Rover has entered into this category with two types of Range Rover, with 109 registered in the first quarter alone.

Garo Electric has been expanding its EV Charging range in line with increased activity in the EV sector, supporting charging requirements. Their latest wall mounted charger model, GLB Plus, is a smart, high- end wall mounted charging station.

Smart Technology features include backend connectivity (with OCPP protocol) allowing the user to manage billing and maintenance, LAN, 4G & 3G.

Dynamic Load Management minimises the risk of overloading the main fuse and DC leakage protection is in accordance with international standards (IEC 60264- 7-722).

Over the last year, Garo has completed installations across a number of high profile organisations and facilities including Facebook, Musgraves, Universities (UCD), County Council Offices, Shopping Centres and many more.

In Sweden, Garo’s EV Chargers have been placed in Volvo Car’s R&D facility, Charge and Drive Highways Norway, all Swedavia Airport Car Parks, Sweden’s Green Highway, McDonalds and multiple energy utility companies & service stations.