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UK electric vehicle parc up by 128% in last three years

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The number of electric vehicles on the UK’s roads has leapt 128% since 2015, according to Cap HPI.

The study compared April 2018 to April 2015 and found there are 21,019 more electric vehicles.

Overall, the numbers are still small with only 37,483 electric vehicles on the road today. The figures do not account for vehicles that have been scrapped or exported and include all types of vehicle.

Chris Plumb, electric vehicles expert at Cap HPI, said: “Drivers are showing growing confidence in the technology as the real-life ranges of vehicles increase and faster charging is available. Manufacturers also provide more choice with many now providing an all-electric option.

“Electric vehicles can also make financial sense with total cost of ownership and tax savings. Increasingly, people are saying they enjoy the driving experience in electric vehicles. As clean air zones roll out across the UK, we expect the popularity of these cars to continue to grow.”

The top four best selling new electric vehicles in 2018 so far:

●        Nissan Leaf

●        BMW i3

●        Volkswagen Golf-electric

●        Renault Zoe electric


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  • David M - 26/04/2018 15:23

    The more electric cars that we see on the road the greater the consumer confidence will be in wanting to switch to a fully electric car. Electric cars are coming down in price with Bloomberg stating that the cost of electric vehicles (EVs) will fall in line with petrol and diesel vehicles by 2025. The charging infrastructure is growing at a rapid pace throughout the UK, as too are the ranges of the batteries. There is a natural fear of the unknown or untried that we need to overcome.

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