New government figures reveal that electric car sales in the UK jumped by 25% to a record high of 1149 units in quarter three of this year.
The news will surprise many who believe the electric car has failed to capture the attention of new car buyers but the data suggests that demand for electric vehicles could increase further as the year goes on.
New registrations have been attributed to the government’s grant that, when first implemented in January 2011, saw uptake as low as just 215 models in Q2 of the year.
But since early 2012, there has been an upward trend in the purchasing of EVs, increasing steadily to the 1149 models sold over the last few months.
Despite the positive news for EV manufacturers, the chief executive of Renault, Carlos Ghosn, told the Financial Times that the Renault-Nissan alliance would miss its target of selling 1.5million vehicles worldwide by the end of 2016.
Mr Ghosn said it is more likely to hit the mark by 2021 and blames the lack of charging infrastructure for customers’ tentative approach to replacing petrol power with plug-in motoring.
According to The Guardian, Ghosn said: "We will not be there [on our 2016 target]. At the speed right now, I'm seeing it more four or five years later."
He also said that a lack of charging points, which the government is funding, had hit sales. "We have to admit, it is slower than we thought. But it is slower for the reason that we thought infrastructure building would be faster. It is not."
The Nissan Leaf was the first electric vehicle to be legible for the government’s flagship scheme but customers can now choose the Renault Zoe, the BMW i3 and ‘range-extending’ hybrids such as the Vauxhall Ampera.
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