Today’s announcement of £10 million government investment in electric vehicle charging comes as the year-to-date plug-in car registrations total passes the sector’s full-year 2015 total.
So far this year, motorists have bought 28,697 electric cars, placing 2016 ahead of last year’s January-December total of 28,188 cars with three months still to go.
Part of a £35m investment in the ultra low emission vehicle sector, the £7.5 million funding for workplace chargepoints, coupled with the £2.5 million for residential on-street infrastructure is set to accelerate electric car uptake by enhancing motorists’ confidence and expanding charging options.
Throughout this year, record numbers of owners bought-in to the low running costs and Plug-In Car Grant discounts to push the January-September total 36.7% ahead of last year. The new registration plate boosted last month’s performace to be the greatest September on record with 6,113 electric cars sold, a 56.2% year-on-year increase.
Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said:
“The £10 million government investment in workplace and residential chargepoints is sure to boost motorists’ confidence in electric cars and vans while accelerating uptake rates. While more than 90% of electric car charging takes place at home, this announcement gives drivers extra options and addresses a perceived lack of accessible chargepoints.
“Looking at year-on-year growth, September was the 53rd consecutive month of registrations rises in the electric car market. There are more plug-in cars on our streets than ever before. As more drivers realise the cost-saving benefits of these vehicles and the variety of models continues to expand, we expect uptake to continue its strong upward trend.”
A large rise in uptake of pure electric cars was also documented in these quarterly results, with the 2,128 new battery-only vehicles sold in September (+37.4%) contributing to the 8,107 vehicles sold this year. Meanwhile, plug-in hybrids rose 68.5% in September with 3,985 vehicles new on the road, pushing the annual total to 20,590 registrations (+46.6%).
Of the 30-plus plug-in electric vehicles on the market, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the year’s most popular plug-in hybrid with 7,770 registrations. The Sunderland-made Nissan LEAF is 2016’s best-performing pure-electric car with 3,728 registered over the January-September period.
Transport Minister, John Hayes said:
“The number of ultra low emission vehicles on our roads are at record levels and we are committing £35 million to help install new chargepoints and offer new grants as we aim for nearly all cars and vans on our roads to be zero emission by 2050.”