One born every 7 minutes – 2019 marks eighth consecutive year of growth for electric car market

Could 2020 be the year of the electric car? Well based on numbers released by Go Ultra Low today that could very well be the case.

It’s been an exciting decade for the electric car market, we’ve seen model numbers grow from only two or three back in 2010 to more than 50 today. Registration numbers continue to break records as well; with 2019 was the most successful year to date for electric car registrations. In fact there were more than 72,000 registered, a 21% increase on 2018.

For the first time, fully electric cars accounted for more than half of the plug-in market, with 52% of sales. This takes the number of 100% electric and plug-in hybrid cars registered in the UK to date to 271,524.

Looking at the numbers from a regional perspective the South East saw the highest demand across the nation, with 26,136 vehicles registered – a 22% increase on 2018. Other leading regions include the West Midlands (11,623), South West (8,128), Yorkshire and the Humber (7,566) and East Anglia (5,373), making up the top British regions for electric car uptake this year.

A host of new models set to hit the roads has the potential to make 2020 another strong year, with the Peugeot e-208, Volkswagen ID.3, Mercedes-Benz EQC, Vauxhall Corsa-e, Skoda CITIGO E, and MINI Electric to name but a few.

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low said: “In the context of the wider new car market, it is encouraging to see plug-in car registrations continue to go from strength-to-strength. Looking at the year ahead, 2020 is set to be another fantastic year for electric car uptake.

“With even more new models being released, ongoing government support, as well as the continued expansion of the public charging infrastructure, we’re confident that the next 12 months will be a landmark year for the nation’s switch to electric.”

Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, said: “These record figures show the Government’s world-leading £1.5bn programme encouraging people to switch to clean transport and improve air quality is working.

“I want 2020 to be the year electric cars go mainstream. That’s why we are doubling-down our efforts to make owning an electric vehicle the new normal.”

Andrea Leadsom, Business and Energy Secretary, said: “With transport accounting for more than a quarter of the UK’s carbon emissions, making the switch to electric vehicles will not only clean up the air in our cities and town centres but will also help in our ambition to tackle global climate change. With a doubling in the number of fully electric cars being registered compared to the previous year, in 2019 more people than ever turned to electric vehicles.”

The continued growth of the EV market has also been accompanied by new charge points being installed in response to the increased demand. There are now over 29,000 public charging connectors in the UK, making it one of Europe’s largest charging networks. These numbers are set to rise due to continued Government funding and investment from the private sector. In September, the Government committed £35 million worth of investment into the UK’s rapid charge network, which combined with £35 million from the private sector will result in the delivery of a further 3,000 rapid chargers by 2024.

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