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Electric car sales reach all-time high at 2016 half-way point

Wednesday 03 August 2016, By AutoVolo

Electric car sales reach all-time high at 2016 half-way point

Electric car sales reach all-time high at 2016 half-way point

Electric car sales reach all-time high at 2016 half-way point

Motorists in the UK are purchasing more electric vehicles than ever before, after first-half-year sales for 2016 reached record levels.

Go Ultra Low, a joint government and industry campaign aiming to raise consumer awareness of electric vehicles (EVs), reported that EV registrations in 2016 had increase 31.8 per cent in comparison to figures for the same period in 2015.

Nearly 19,300 EVs have been registered in the UK in 2016 so far, a 4,640-unit increase over the number sold 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 claimed that government investment worth more than £600 million had been allocated to aid the growth of the British EV market.

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: “The continued growth in 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 driving force behind the record number of plug-in registrations in 2016 thus far, with 5,738 registrations in the first half of this year.

The most popular pure-electric vehicle was the Nissan Leaf, with 2,336 registrations in the first half of 2016.