Electric car sales

set for surge

Nissan LEAF 30 kWh, side 2
Renault ZOE, action

ELECTRIC power could be the dominant form of propulsion for all new cars sold in the UK as early as 2027.

And according to a forecast by government and industry-backed campaign Go Ultra Low more than 1.3m electric cars will be registered each year.

The campaign collated data from multiple electric car sales reports and forecasts and its conclusions have been backed by motoring publication Auto Express, which has reported record high scores for EVs in its car owner survey Driver Power.

Electric cars topped the overall best car tables and performed strongly in ease of driving and running costs categories, among others.

Auto Express chief Steve Fowler said: "The positivity and appreciation of electric vehicles by their owners in this year's Driver Power survey is suggestive of a step-change in public perception of these vehicles.

"We are moving towards a tipping point for electrically-powered cars, so it's entirely possible that by 2027 these vehicles will dominate the market as the top choice for new car buyers."

The Plug-in Car Grant began in 2011 with just over 1,000 annual registrations of plug-in cars.

Since then record-breaking volumes of EVs have been registered every year and 2015 saw more than 28,000 electric cars registered.

This year started with the best period for EV uptake since records began, with UK buyers registering the equivalent of one electric car every 13 minutes.

And with vehicle manufacturers introducing more electric and plug-in hybrid models, the new car market is accelerating towards a point where Go Ultra Low feels plug-in power will overtake petrol and diesel as the dominant fuel type.

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said: "The huge interest in electric vehicles and their subsequent rapid rise in uptake has been spectacular so far, with more than 60,000 EVs registered in the past five years.

"These rises are just the start of the electric revolution as Go Ultra Low analysis suggests that electric vehicles could dominate the new car market as early as 2027."

Go Ultra Low analysed a series of market forecasts and trends for plug-in vehicle uptake considering forecasts by government, the Committee on Climate Change, the RAC Foundation and other industry authorities.

With EV uptake continuing to grow, this new analysis by Go Ultra Low suggests that the Government forecast for all new cars and vans to have ultra low emissions by 2040 is on track to be met.

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