Plug-in vehicle registrations smash quarterly record

  Registrations of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) reached 12,932 in the third quarter of this year, breaking UK records. That’s according to Go Ultra Low, which says the landmark figure […]

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By Jonny Bairstow
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Registrations of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) reached 12,932 in the third quarter of this year, breaking UK records.

That’s according to Go Ultra Low, which says the landmark figure set between July and September was an increase of 36% over the same period the year before.

It exceeded the previous record quarter of January-March 2017 by 721 registrations.

The group says the growth in the sector is being driven by the rapidly expanding variety of plug-in vehicles offered by manufacturers, falling running costs and the continually-improving national charging infrastructure.

The record uptake levels pushes the national total of plug-in cars on UK roads to more than 120,000, meaning EV sales now make up around 1.7% of all new car registrations.

Transport Minister, Jesse Norman said: “We are committed to investing £1 billion in ultra-low emission vehicles, including £100 million in the UK’s charging infrastructure by 2021.

“It is our ambition that every new car and van is zero emission by 2040 and decarbonising our transport is a key part of the government’s Clean Growth Strategy.”