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The need for Government to introduce additional incentives to encourage people to purchase electric cars is being highlighted, after a recent survey showed that diesel-powered cars remain the most popular option for those looking at purchasing a new vehicle in 2020.
A recent report published by the UK Institute of the Motor Industry revealed more than 90 per cent of active auto mechanics are not qualified to work on electric cars.
Official statistics released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry show new electric vehicle registrations continue to grow. Aa total of 1,437 EVs have been registered so far this year, surpassing the total number of EVs registered for the whole of 2018 (1,233).
Kia says that the all new Kia e-Niro will offer owners a driving range of up to 485 kilometres on a single charge when it goes on sale across europe at the end of the year. The e-Niro, Kia’s first fully electric crossover utility vehicle, will be revealed in european specification at the Paris Motor Show, before sales begin later this year.
Kia Motors Ireland has partnered with Wallbox, specialists in charging solutions for electric vehicles, and will roll out Wallbox 22kw fast chargers across its dealer network with installation being carried out by CarChargers.ie.
The all-electric Renault Zoe has been recognised in the UK by Diesel Car and Eco Car Magazine’s judges, being named ‘Best Used Electric Car’ in the former and in Eco Car’s Used Car Top 50.
The latest figures for new car sales to year end 2016, released by car history experts Motorcheck.ie, show the market is up 17.4 per cent year on year.
Renault Pro+ will unveil the all-electric New Kangoo Z.E. on January 13 at the 2017 European Motor Show in Brussels.
New car registrations slowed last month, reflecting the drop for the 162 period.
Fiat Professional tells us it will strengthen its offering at the heart of the medium van segment when its new Talento van goes on sale in Ireland next month. It claims it is versatile and economical, and prices start from €18,735 excluding VAT and VRT for the 1.6-litre multijet 95hp SWB standard roof van.