Electric registrations continue to rise

Electric car registrations in the UK jumped 38% in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year.

Plug-in registrations for the first six months are also up more than 30% on last year’s number.

According to Go Ultra Low, there are now nearly 70,000 registered electric cars on UK roads.

Poppy Welch 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 government is also supporting the electric car industry with grants of up to £4,500 towards a new car and also tax benefits.

Transport minister John Hayes said, ‘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 are backing this with one of the most comprehensive support packages in the world, with more than £600m of government investment to help grow the UK market.’

Of the low-emission vehicles registered this year, Go Ultra Low notes that the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV has become the most popular with 5,738 on the road so far. The most ‘pure’ electric car this year is the Nissan Leaf with 2,336 vehicles on road.