Your guide to cars on the market

Addressing our aging car fleet

Did you know that Ireland’s car fleet has an average age of 9 years? That itself poses a conundrum when approaching the Irish Government’s ban on the sale of fossil-fuelled cars in 2030. Because only 3% of new car sales in 2019 were electric vehicles.

So, if you drive an older car, but you’re concerned about the environment or the suitability of an electric vehicle, what should you do?

Newer models have lower emissions.

The answer is that emissions on newer diesel, petrol and hybrid models are getting lower all the time. And they will continue to improve right up until manufacturers phase them out. So, for now, it should be all about matching your driving needs with your efforts to lessen your carbon footprint.

And to help you better match your driving needs, check out our guide below:

Finding the right engine for you:

Internal Combustion Engines (ICE)

These cars have been powering us along for over 100 years. While they do release emissions, new technological advances mean the levels are getting lower and lower and will could disappear altogether by 2030.

Numerous technologies are in development which could make ICE cars carbon neutral and these could be in the market by 2030. It is also feasible that all existing ICE cars could be made carbon neutral by 2030 through retrofitting a conversion kit.

Two main types:
Petrol engine
Diesel engine

Hybrids

These engines combine an electric motor with an internal combustion engine.

Two main types:
Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV’s)
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV’s)

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV’s)

These cars use batteries to power forward or backwards in the same manner as an automatic.

Choose the car that suits you best

While we are all aiming towards zero emissions, it’s important to realise that any new car will help you take the next step along the way. That means choosing a car that works best for your needs.

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NEWS & PRESS

Press Release: Motor Dealers Slam Budget 2021 As Anti Motorist, Anti Rural and Anti Climate

Official reaction to the budget 2021 announcement . 13th October 2020

ICCRA Press Release: MOTOR DEALERS SAY PROPOSED CAR BAN ILLEGAL

The ban was proposed based on flawed and incomplete data and would also have been illegal under EU law. 08th October 2020

Press Release: Motor Dealers Slam Budget 2021 As Anti Motorist, Anti Rural and Anti Climate

Official reaction to the budget 2021 announcement . 13th October 2020

ICCRA Press Release: Motor dealers slam Greens’ failure to engage on emission target flaws

The ICCRA is calling on the Green Party & the Govt. to respond to compelling evidence that Ireland will miss its emission targets for cars

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Denis Murphy ICCRA in conversation with Fran Curry on Tipp Today regarding the upcoming budget VRT & the effects on the car market.

ICCRA Press Release: Car Dealers Call For VRT Reduction To Increase Affordability And Reduce Carbon EmissionsS

The ICCRA is calling on the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe TD to make new cars affordable. September 17th, 2020