Sales of electric vehicles soar

Sales of electric vehicles soar

Sales of electric cars have soared by 23% year on year, the latest figures have revealed.

According to the data from the Go Ultra Low campaign, more than 115 plug-in motors were registered every day in the first quarter of this year alone.

In total, 10,496 electric vehicles, or EVs, hit the roads in the first three months of 2016, including motors such as the Nissan Leaf, Toyota Prius Plug-in and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.

More than 7,100 of these were registered with the new "16" number plate in March, setting a new monthly record and beating March 2015 by 1,000.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: "These record figures show that hundreds of people every week are coming round to the fact that plug-in cars are cleaner, greener and cheaper to run.

"The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low-emission vehicles and our long-term economic plan is investing £600 million by 2020 to improve air quality, create jobs and achieve our goal of every new car and van in the UK being ultra-low emission by 2040."

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