By Stewart Smith on 2017-01-12 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Electric car sale
surge in UK
ACCORDING to government and industry body Go Ultra Low more than 100,000 plug-in cars will be on UK roads by the middle of 2017.
Go Ultra Low claims that an increasing selection of electric cars is playing a key role in plug-in vehicle uptake surpassing record levels.
Today, more than 35 plug-in models are available to UK motorists - four times the number on the market just five years ago - with yet more new versions set to be launched this year.
Last year volume sales of electric motors rose by 29 per cent over the previous 12 months and from January to December motorists flocked to buy electric vehicles in record numbers, with 36,907 electric vehicles registered in the UK.
As thousands of motorists switched on to the cost saving and convenience of electric motoring, public and business appetite for plug-in hybrid and pure electric cars reached a new high and at the start of 2017 there were 87,158 electric vehicles on the road in Britain.
Plug-in hybrid uptake was particularly strong in 2016 as annual registrations rose 41.9 per cent, with in-demand models such as the BMW 330e, Volkswagen Golf GTE and Audi A3 Sportback e-tron among the most popular.
The most popular electric vehicle in the UK at the moment is the Nissan Leaf of which more than 14,000 have been sold in the past three years. The best selling plug-in hybrid is the Mitsubishi Outlander which has notched up 23,500 sales over the same period.
Poppy Welch, of Go Ultra Low, said: "Year after year, we see record levels of electric vehicle registrations as more and more motorists realise the cost-saving and environmental benefits of driving a plug-in electric car.
"With ongoing government incentives and increasing product choice we expect this trend to continue boosting the number of electric cars on UK roads beyond 100,000 by mid-2017."
The broad variety of hybrid and pure electric cars on the market is a marked improvement on the eight electric models available to drivers in 2011 when government introduced the Plug-in Car Grant.
The range of products now extends to more than 20 pure electric and 15 hybrid vehicles, from city cars and SUVs to sports cars and family hatchbacks.
Go Ultra Low exists to help motorists understand the benefits, cost savings and capabilities of the raft of electric vehicles on the market.
The collaborative campaign is the first of its kind, bringing together a consortium of vehicle manufacturers, government and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
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