The race to go green has kicked up a gear with the number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars registered rising every month this year.
Electric or plug-in hybrid registered every 9 minutes
In fact, an electric or plug-in hybrid is being registered every nine minutes in the UK.
According to figures from Go Ultra Low, a consortium of vehicle manufacturers, government and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the first half of 2018 saw 28,054 electric and plug-in hybrids registered to drivers.
That is an increase of 25% on 2017 and makes it the most successful year for the plug-in market.
The figures coincide with the government’s Road to Zero plan for thousands of new charging points throughout the UK.
The plug-in hybrid showed highest number of new registrations
The plug-in hybrids showed the highest volume with 21,000 registered in the first six months of 2018.
London and the South East, predictably, is the strongest region for electric and plug-in hybrid registrations with 9,880.
So far this year the South West has 4,003 registrations, West Midlands 3,890, East Anglia 2,487 and Yorkshire 1,941.
Never been better for electric or plug-in hybrid car ownership
Electric Vehicles Minister Jesse Norman said: “There has never been a better time to own an electric car.
“Our mission is for all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040.
“That is why we are ensuring the UK is the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle.
“Road to Zero sets out one of the most comprehensive support packages in the world for the transition to zero emission vehicles, including measures which will help enable hundreds of thousands of new charge points across the UK.”
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