More than 10,000 motorists in the UK bought fully electric vehicles in 2016.
That’s according to the latest statistics released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), which show the figure is a 3.3% rise on 2015.
On a wider scale, alternatively-fuelled vehicles (AFV) have seen a rise from 2.8% of market share in 2015 up to 3.3% last year, increasing from 72,775 to 88,919 vehicles registered.
This is a 22.2% increase in demand, significantly higher than the overall rise in car registrations, which rose by a comparatively small 2.3% to 2.7 million.
Plug-in hybrids and petrol-electric hybrids were particularly popular, with demand up 41.9% and 25.1% respectively.
Diesel and petrol cars continued to prove by far the most popular choice, with market share at 47.7% and 49.0% respectively.
Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are becoming more popular, with production expected to reach more than 70,000 annually by 2027.