UK battery-car sales hit record high – again!

  • Best-yet quarterly/monthly totals for EVs since plug-in car grant launched
  • 115 a day registered in 2016 Q1 – that’s one every 13 minutes
  • Quarterly 23% year-on-year rise builds on record growth
UK battery car sales record
ON A CHARGE: Britain is leading the way in sales of plug-in electric cars – and the numbers continue to rise. Image: Newspress

LONDON, England – With the launch of South African entrepreneur Elon Musk’s battery supercar on the horizon and its reported potential for production there it’s good news that plug-in car sales in the UK have reach a record high.

Analysis by Go Ultra Low in Britain reports that more than 115 electric cars, on average, were registered every day during the first quarter of 2016: 10 496 plug-in cars hit UK roads during the first three months of 2016.

That, Go Ultra Low reports, is one every 13 minutes and the most since the UK’s cash-saving plug-in car grant was introduced in January 2011.

SALES 23% UP ON SAME 2015 PERIOD

Analysis by Go Ultra Low and registration figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show 2016’s plug-in car sales are ahead of schedule to exceed 2015’s record total when more plug-in cars were registered than through the previous five years combined.

Indeed, the first-quarter success is 23% up on the same period in 2015 when a huge 386% year-on-year rise in registrations was recorded. The number of vehicles registered using the PIG (bit unfortunate, that!) has passed 58 000, nearly three times the number registered at the start of 2015.

British transport minister Andrew Jones told The Corner in a media release: “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.

‘TESTAMENT TO GROWING POPULARITY OF EV’S’

“The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low-emissions vehicles and our long-term economic plan is to invest £600-million (more than R12-billion) 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.”

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, added: “This continued and steep growth in uptake of plug-in cars is a 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 people should be considering a plug-in vehicle as their next car.

“As registration records continue to be set and the rate of EV growth continues it’s no longer a question of will more motorists choose electric, but when.”

COLLABORATIVE CAMPAIGN ‘FIRST OF KIND’

Go Ultra Low says it exists to help people to understand the benefits, cost savings and capabilities of electric vehicles.

The collaborative campaign is the first of its kind, bringing together a consortium of major vehicle manufacturers, the UK government and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

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