New industry figures just released show that UK electric car registrations have already surpassed their year-long 2014 total in just 6 months. The data also shows that UK EV registrations now number around 40,000 vehicles.
Between January and June this year there have been 14,586 new registrations, as compared to 2014’s annual total of 14,498. What’s more, The rate of growth stands at 256% against the same period last year.
This means that so far in 2015, on average, an electric car has been purchased every 18 minutes by a UK consumer; an indication that plug-in vehicles are starting to make an indent on the mainstream motoring world.
Registrations are doubling year on year in every region. This largely down to manufacturers expanding their model ranges and the government grants but also shows the level of awareness regarding the benefits of EV driving is starting to spread.
In addition to the obvious environmental advantages, consumers are starting to recognise the economic savings that can be made by switching to electric (average running cost 2-3 p/mile).
Transport Minister Andrew Jones said, “Soaring demand across the UK shows that more and more people view ultra low emission vehicles as the right choice for them. Plug-in cars are green, cheap to run and benefit both families and businesses. The Government is investing £500 million over the next five years to help position Britain as a world leader in the technology, supporting skilled jobs and driving economic growth.”
“Being just six months in to 2015 and having already exceeded last year’s total plug-in car registrations is testament to consumer confidence in this capable and cost-effective technology,” said Hetal Shah, Head of Go Ultra Low. “The year-on-year rises give us great confidence in the future of electric cars as we move towards an ultra low emission future.”
Dr Ben Lane, director of Next Green Car added: “The cumulative figures continue to show sustained growth of the EV market in the UK and elsewhere. Adding these latest figures from OLEV together with the fact that a significant number of EVs not eligible for the grant schemes have also been registered, the total UK light-duty electric fleet now numbers almost 40,000 electric vehicles.
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