Electric car use doubles in last year

Electric car use doubles in last year

The number of UK motorists driving electric cars has soared by 120% over the last year, new official figures show.

By the end of 2015 there were more than 45,300 plug-in and hybrid cars on the road, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) says.

That compares to little over 20,500 at the end of 2014 and just 134 back in 2010, highlighting the phenomenal growth experienced by the sector.

Nissan GB's electric vehicle manager, Edward Jones, says he believes the country has reached a "tipping point" for the mass adoption of the technology.

Meanwhile, BMW UK sales director Richard Hudson says the problems associated with electric vehicles are being overcome.

Motorists' worries about driving ranges, he adds, are being countered by improved battery capacities and a growing number of charging stations.

The figures show the UK's best-selling hybrid is the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, which is used by more than 16,000 motorists. The Nissan Leaf, meanwhile, is the biggest seller when it comes to fully electric cars, with just over 11,200 now on the road.

Despite the sector's growth, the number of electric cars is still dwarfed by the 31 million petrol and diesel cars being used on UK roads.

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