Statistical Press Release – Attitudes towards E-Vehicles in Northern Ireland 2022/23 has been published today

Date published: 09 November 2023

The ‘Attitudes towards E-vehicles in Northern Ireland 2022/23’ report is now available. This report, produced by the Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch (ASRB) of the Department for Infrastructure (DfI), presents findings from the 2022/23 Continuous Household Survey (CHS).

Statistical press release

The publication is available on the ASRB website.


Attitudes towards E-Vehicles in Northern Ireland

  • 33% of all respondents would ‘definitely’ or ‘strongly consider’ buying an electric vehicle as their next purchase, up from a quarter (25%) in 2019/20 but down from 37% in 2021/22.
  • Of those respondents, almost eight in ten (78%) intend to purchase an electric vehicle within the next 5 years.
  • Those living in urban areas were more likely to consider purchasing an electric vehicle than those living in rural areas.
  • The top three reasons that would encourage purchase an electric vehicle include: low overall running costs (54%), a grant towards purchase of an electric car (52%) and environmentally friendly (48%).
  • The most commonly given reason for discouraging the purchase of an electric vehicle is purchase price, given by over three quarters (76%) of respondents.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Background

The information presented in this publication derives from the 2022/23 Continuous Household Survey (CHS) in relation to Attitudes towards E-vehicles.The CHS is considered to be a representative sample of the population at household level.

A total of 2,527 adults aged 16 and over were surveyed in 2022-23.

The report contains information on the proportion of respondents with a driving licence and access to a car/van, the likelihood of purchasing an electric vehicle, if so, when they would be likely to purchase and the factors that would encourage and discourage purchase of an electric vehicle.

The Department may use the information presented in this publication to inform and understand the story behind current trends and to assist in any future policy discussion and development.

Note: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NISRA suspended all face-to-face household interviews in March 2020. In the reporting periods, April 2020 - March 2021 and April 2021 - March 2022, all interviews carried out on the Continuous Household Survey (CHS) were conducted by telephone. For this reporting year, April 2022 - March 2023, face to face interviewing was reinstated alongside telephone interviewing in July 2022, thus making the survey dual-modality. There are a number of factors. which users should take into consideration when interpreting the 2022-23 results and care should be taken when comparing these to previously published findings from the survey.

  1. Official Statistics

This is an Official Statistics publication and therefore follows the Code of Practice for Statistics.You can find further information about the Code of Practice on the UK Statistics Authority website.

  1. Additional Information

For more information relating to this publication, including additional analysis, breakdowns of data, or alternative formats please contact:

Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch,
Room 5.25,
Clarence Court,
10 - 18 Adelaide Street,
Town Parks
BT2 8GB     
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