Motorists buying record number of electric cars

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Motorists in the UK are buying more electric cars than ever; with latest figures confirming continual quarterly rises in plug-in car uptake.


Since records began in 2011, volumes of electric car registrations have risen steeply as motorists realise the benefits of owning an electric vehicle, which include low running costs and tax savings.


Figures released by Go Ultra Low, a joint government and industry campaign which aims to increase EV consumer awareness, showed that year-to-date EV registrations were up 31.8 per cent when compared to those for the same period last year.


John Hayes, Transport Minister, said: "I am delighted to see record numbers of motorists coming round to the benefits of cleaner, greener vehicles, which are also cheaper to run.


"The low-emission sector supports over 18,000 UK jobs and is a key pillar in our ambition for low carbon, high tech and high skills economy. We want to make the UK a world leader in electric vehicle uptake and manufacture, to ensure that by 2050 every car and van on our roads is a zero emission vehicle."


Hayes explained that more than £600million of government investment had been dedicated to help the UK market realise this ambition.


Plug-in registrations totaled 19,252 for the year-to-date, 4,640 units ahead of the same period last year.


Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: "The continued growth in the uptake of electric cars speaks for itself as registration records continue to be broken by motorists encouraged by the benefits electric motoring can bring.


"As awareness grows and motorists see the wide variety of vehicles already on UK roads coupled with benefits such as running costs from as little as 2p per mile, more drivers than ever are becoming motivated to go green."


In March 2016, there were 7,440 registrations making the month the best ever for electric car uptake. June recorded the year's second highest volume of 3,196 new cars registered, up 23 per cent year-on-year.


These strong numbers support the fact that the first six months of 2016 were the highest-volume half-year ever for electric car registrations.


The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV was the largest contributor to the record number of plug-in registrations so far in 2016, with 5,738 examples being sold in the first half of this year.


The Nissan LEAF was the most popular pure-electric car in the first half of 2016, with 2,336 registrations.


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