Electric car registrations surging ahead!

With every month that goes by, registrations of pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars are increasing, and new figures released by us this week show that we’re on track for another record year. The first half of 2018 has seen more than 28,000 new pure electric and plug-in hybrid cars take to the UK’s roads. Unbelievably, that’s one every 9 minutes! This is a 25% increase on the same period last year, and it brings the total number of electric cars registered to UK drivers to more than 161,000. Pretty impressive considering that there were only 3,500 in 2013. That’s a big jump in five years.

Plug-in hybrids continue to drive growth; more than 21,000 have found new homes so far this year. Meanwhile, bolstered by the launch of the new model in April, the Nissan LEAF (the world’s biggest selling pure electric car) continues to be popular. A further 1,501 took to the roads in the second quarter, taking the total number registered in 2018 to 3,511.

Driven largely by London, the South East is the region where new registrations have been highest; 9,880 pure electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles were registered here in the first six months of this year, 36% of the total number. Other regions are also joining the electric vehicle movement, with the South West (4,003), West Midlands (3,890), East Anglia (2,487) and Yorkshire (1,941) rounding out the top 5.

These encouraging figures come the same week as the government has launched its ‘Road to Zero’ strategy, which sets out ambitious new proposals to enable the deployment of thousands of new chargepoints and details of the nearly £1.5 billion programme to support the transition.

The strategy announced a consultation on proposals for chargepoints to be installed with in all newly built homes in England, where appropriate. The Government also wants all new lamp posts to include chargepoints charging infrastructure.

There was more good news for consumers with a commitment to continue grant schemes for on and off-street charging. And for businesses, with an increase from £300 to £500 the value of the Workplace Charging Scheme announced. These measures will help the ambition for least half of new cars sold, and as many as 70%, to be ultra low emission by 2030 become a reality.

It’s great to see these numbers growing, and if the second half of the year is as strong as the first, we could be on track for another record year for registrations. Want to see if a pure electric or plug-in hybrid car could be right for you? Take a look at the Go Ultra Low Car Selector to find your perfect model.

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