51% of Irish motorists say the recent rise in fuel prices have made them consider buying an electric car.
New research from Carzone has found that one in two who plan to change their vehicle in the next year plan to purchase an electric or hybrid model.
Of those surveyed who said they wouldn't buy an electric car, 70% said battery life of e-cars is their main concern.
Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert says problems with batteries mean it might not be the cheaper option just yet.
"At the moment battery costs are actually rising.
"Nickel, cobalt and lithium - the cost for these is all going up.
"We also know there's very long waits for electric cars and that goes back to the global chip shortage which is still ongoing."