New figures from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency have revealed that at the end of 2015 there was more than double the number of electric vehicles on the road than the same time the year before.
The 120 per cent increase from 20,522 EVs in 2014 to 45,326 in 2015 is much higher than the two per cent growth seen in the number of conventional cars on UK roads over the same period.
The increase between the number of EVs in 2010 and 2015 is even more dramatic, with only 134 electric vehicles registered on UK roads in 2010.
Nissan’s Leaf takes the top spot in the fully electric vehicle segment, with 11,219 registered, while the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the most popular hybrid, with 16,100 on the road.
Edward Jones, electric vehicle manager at Nissan GB, commented: “Each year we see thousands more motorists switched on to the capability, performance, and reliability of pure electric motoring.
“With current electric vehicle ranges enabling more than 90 per cent of daily driving needs, we believe the UK is at a tipping point for mass EV adoption.”
Hybrid and electric models have soared in popularity since the 2011 introduction of the Government’s plug-in car grant scheme, which compensates motorists up to £4,500 when the purchase any such model.
However, the 45,326 figure is still far off from making a dent in the 31 million petrol and diesel cars in the UK.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.
May 18, 2016