Hybrid cars continue to grow in popularity

The rise of hybrid cars continues with new figures showing a third more (27.3%) of the half petrol, half electric vehicles were registered this October than the same month last […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The rise of hybrid cars continues with new figures showing a third more (27.3%) of the half petrol, half electric vehicles were registered this October than the same month last year.

During 2012 so far, 1,588 more hybrid cars were bought than by this time last year, an increase of 8.1%, according to automotive trade body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

This rise follows the national trend of car purchases, with overall 1,764,030 cars being registered so far in 2012 – nearly a million more than this time last year.

In contrast, pure electric cars waned in popularity, with figures showing 950 were registered this year to date, 7% fewer compared to this point last year. However October itself bucked this trend, seeing a brief boom with more than a hundred (238) registered this month than in October 2011 (83).