The sale of electrical vehicles nearly halved within the first three months of this 12 months, following modifications within the tax guidelines for firm vehicles, automobile affiliation RAI has advised BNR radio.

In complete, 4,545 electrical vehicles had been bought within the first three months of the 12 months, down 48% on the identical interval in 2020.

The downturn takes the share of electrical vehicles within the nationwide fleet to simply 5.6%, down from 8.5% a 12 months earlier.

In 2020, firm automobile drivers needed to pay revenue tax on 8% of the worth of cheaper electrical vehicles, however that has gone as much as 12% this 12 months.  For firm vehicles value over €40,000, the add-on is 22%, the identical as for diesel-powered automobiles.

In 2019, when electrical automobile gross sales soared, the tax was simply 4%.

Extra plug-in hybrids had been bought final 12 months, they usually now account for 9.5% of the automobile market. Hybrids are taxed on the similar charge as diesel vehicles.

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