Record quarter for electric vehicle take-up

Record quarter for electric vehicle take-up
More than 120,000 UK drivers have made the switch to electrified vehicles, as figures show an encouraging surge in uptake.

Between July and September the number of ultra-low emission vehicles registered was up 36% year-on-year – with 12,932 sold over the three months.

The record quarterly take-up figure prompted minsters to reiterate the government’s commitment to investing £1 billion into the sector over the next four years.

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Go Ultra Low, the car industry and government-backed campaign, says the Q3 sales figure is 721 higher than the previous record order, achieved in the first quarter of this year.

In analysing the sales data it included pure-electric and plug-in hybrid cars that qualify for the government’s low-emission vehicle grant – meaning most non-plug-in hybrid models were not part of the figures.

On a global level, it was reported back in June by the International Energy Agency that a 60% hike in 2016 saw worldwide take-up of electric vehicles break the two million barrier.

As Go Ultra Low prepares to launch a new website and media awareness campaign, its head Poppy Welch said: “It is great to see that the popularity of plug-in cars continues to grow at a record pace.”

The new campaign will aim to get through to even more people on the benefits of switching to electric vehicles, through social and web-based awareness drives.

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

“It is great to see more than 120,000 people have already made the switch.

“The launch of the new Go Ultra Low website demonstrates how ultra-low emission vehicles can fit into even more people’s lives. 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.”

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