More than 10,000 motorists went electric in 2016

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 […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

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.