Are you thinking of buying a new electric car and curious about what everyone else is buying?

In this article, I’ve put together a list of the top five bestselling electric vehicles in Ireland using data for 2023 from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI).

Electric car market in Ireland

In 2023, sales of full battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in Ireland continued to rise with electric vehicles accounting for 18.7% of the new car market by the end of 2023. Over 22,000 new electric cars were registered, up 45% on EV sales in 2022.

The choice of electric vehicles on sale here has rapidly expanded in the last three years. Car brands have committed billions of euros in developing electric vehicles and high capacity batteries and there have been lots of new models launched, with more on the way in 2024.

There’s everything from electric city cars and small hatchbacks to larger SUVs and crossovers, as well as luxury models from the likes of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Volvo.

New brands selling exclusively electric vehicles are also joining the market like BYD, MG, GWM ORA and Smart, with more set to arrive in Ireland this year.

Bestselling electric vehicles

2023 was a good year for EVs in Ireland but which brands and models rose to the top? Check out my list of the most popular EVs on sale with prices quoted including grants for private buyers.

The Volkswagen ID.4
The Volkswagen ID.4

1. VOLKSWAGEN ID.4

Priced from €39,943

The Volkswagen ID.4 first went on sale in Ireland back in 2021 and quickly became a bestseller. The electric SUV has become a hit for the space it offers families, as well as good comfort and refinement on longer motorway runs, making it a popular vehicle for business users too. It’s available with two battery options, 52kWh and 77kWh with range from 353-525 km (WLTP) depending on model. This year Volkswagen has slashed prices, making it an even more attractive option.

The Tesla Model Y
The Tesla Model Y

2. TESLA MODEL Y

Priced from €46,990

The Tesla Model Y was the bestselling electric car in 2023 in Europe… and the the world! In Ireland it comes in second place behind the ID.4. The Model Y has been a huge hit since its launch here in 2022. Last year Tesla cut prices, which made it a very competitive option in the Irish new car market. It will go the distance too with range from 455-533 km (WLTP) depending on model. Inside it has a typical minimalist Tesla cabin and it’s hugely spacious giving it broad appeal among Irish buyers.

The Skoda Enyaq
The Skoda Enyaq

3. SKODA ENYAQ

Priced from €48,479

The Skoda Enyaq has been in high demand since it first arrived in Ireland in 2021. Technically similar to the ID.4, it boasts a spacious interior that’s nicely finished making it a practical choice for many. It’s available with either a 58kWh or 77kWh battery and the range varies from 400-565 km (WLTP) depending on model. It’s also available as a stylish Enyaq Coupé.

The Hyundai Ioniq 5
The Hyundai Ioniq 5

4. HYUNDAI IONIQ 5 

Priced from €44,495

The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a former World Car of the Year and has been a big seller in Ireland since it launched back in 2021. With its striking looks and lounge-like interior, it’s a stylish and capable electric crossover. It’s available with a choice of 58kWh or 77kWh battery with range varying from 384-507 km (WLTP).

The MG4
The MG4

5. MG 4

Priced from €28,995

The MG 4 was one of the most anticipated new cars to arrive in Ireland in 2023, quickly establishing itself among the bestsellers. The five door electric hatchback offers great value for money, making EV motoring more accessible to everyone. It’s packed with high-tech features and offers a range between 350-450 km (WLTP) depending on which model you go for.

As always, please check the manufacturer’s website for the most up to date pricing and specs.

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Written by Caroline Kidd

Founder and Editor of Changing Lanes, Juror for Irish Car of the Year