Electric Car Uptake Reaches Record Level at 2016 Half Way Point
UK consumers are buying more electric vehicles (EVs) now than ever before, with sales for the first half of 2016 reaching record levels. Figures released yesterday 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.
So far, 2016 has seen 19,252 EVs registered in the UK, an increase of 4,640 over the number registered between January and June 2015.
Transport Minister John Hayes 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 a 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.
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.”
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.