Brits buy an electric car every nine minutes

Salesman selling a green carLatest data from Go UItra Low reveals 60,000 electric cars were registered in the UK last year, as market grew 19 per cent. A new electric car was registered every nine minutes in the UK last year, as demand for zero emission vehicles continued to soar.

New figures from the industry and government-backed Go Ultra Low campaign released yesterday confirm that 60,000 plug-in electric cars were registered in 2018, delivering a growth rate of 18 per cent and securing the seventh consecutive year of growth for the fledgling market.The surge in new registrations means that nearly 200,000 plug-in electric cars are now thought to be on the UK’s roads.

The data shows that plug-in hybrids continue to dominate the market, accounting for 74 per cent of registrations. However, sales of pure electric cars grew 14 per cent on the previous year as demand for zero emissions vehicles continued to outperform the wider auto market.

he latest figures also show that demand for plug-in vehicles was relatively widely-spread across the UK. London and the south east unsurprisingly saw the most demand with 21,383 plug-in vehicles registered, delivering a growth rate of 24 per cent for the region. However, over 8,000 plug-in vehicles were registered in both the West Midlands and South West, while more than 5,000 were registered in East Anglia and Yorkshire and the Humber.The latest data follows official figures from auto industry body SMMT, which showed that demand for hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and pure electric vehicles (EVs) topped 20 per cent last year, even as the wider car market stalled.

However, industry insiders have warned that pure EVs continue to make up just a fraction of the overall market compared to countries such as Norway where EVs accounted for almost a third of all new car sales last year. There are also concerns the market slowed sharply in the last two months of the year after the government cut subsidies issued through its Plug-in Grant scheme.

SMMT figures suggested year-on-year growth for monthly sales slipped from buoyant double digits to just 3.1 per cent in November and 8.7 per cent in December.

However, Go Ultra Low this week predicted the market is poised for a “another strong year” for registrations, citing a recent survey which found nearly a fifth of Brits would like to switch to an EV in 2019.

Moreover, a range of new models are set to hit the market in 2019, including the new all-electric Kia e-Niro, Audi e-tron and recently announced update to the Nissan LEAF, to name but a few.

Source: Business Green