PHEVs to smash half a million barrier

It’s predicted that European sales of electric and hybrid cars will pass the 500,000 mark by the end of this year.

Of all European countries, the UK has the third highest number of electric and hybrid cars – behind Norway and The Netherlands – and uptake is expected to continue after Britain’s Transport Minister John Hayes announced a £35m investment to boost sales of alternative-fuel cars last month.

Meanwhile, Halfords has said it will be able to service electric and hybrid models at all of its autocentres by April 2018.

Europe is only behind China in the take-up of EVs.

Mitsubishi sold the highest number of EVs in Europe in 2015, making up almost a quarter of all the cars the Japanese brand sold last year.