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Electric Vehicles Continue Growth Surge

Electric cars continue to increase in popularity in the UK

The popularity of electric cars continues to gather pace with record numbers of new registrations in the UK.

According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) more than 115 electric cars were registered every day during the first quarter of 2016. All in, nearly 10,500 plug-in cars hit UK roads during the first three months of the year – the equivalent of with one sold every 13 minutes.

Analysis by Go Ultra Low suggests these figures represent the most sales of electric cars since the Plug-in Car Grant was introduced over 5 years ago. Indeed figures for this year put sales ahead of schedule to beat 2015’s record total - when more plug-in cars were registered than the previous five years combined.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones, said: “These record figures show that hundreds of people every week are coming round to the fact that plug-in cars are cleaner, greener and cheaper to run. The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low emission vehicles and our long-term economic plan is investing £600 million by 2020 to improve air quality, create jobs and achieve our goal of every new car and van in the UK being ultra-low emission by 2040.”

As more and more motorists embrace electric driving, the unprecedented growth over the past year has continued into the start of this year. The number of vehicles registered using the Plug-In Car Grant has now exceeded 58,000, almost 3 times the amount that were registered at the start of last year.

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said: “This continued and steep growth in uptake of plug-in cars is testament to how electric vehicles are becoming a natural choice for increasing numbers of new car buyers. With low running costs, tax exemptions and free parking in many locations, many more motorists should be considering a plug-in vehicle as their next car. “

The UK is a leading market in the European Union for electric vehicle (EV) sales. Over the past 12 months, the UK ranks as the biggest major market and second only to the Netherlands in total EV registrations, with 28,715 new plug-in cars representing one fifth of the European Union’s collective EV sales.

For further advice and to view some of the most popular electric vehicles on the road today, view the Lookers guide to electric vehicles.

By Tracey McBain