Electric Car Demand Continues To Rise

Mon 21st Jan 2019

New figures published this week show that the demand for electric cars has grown for a seventh consecutive year.

The data, which has been published by Go Ultra Low shows that the electric vehicle market grew by 19 per cent in 2018, with almost 60,000 plug-in electric cars registered in the UK. Last year proved to be the most successful year for EVs on record, with one new electric registration every nine minutes.

Though plug-in hybrids count for the bulk of the market with 74 per cent of registrations, there was a significant boost for pure electric vehicles, with a rise of 14 per cent on the previous year. There are now 196,343 electric and PHEV vehicles registered in the UK.

“In the context of the wider new car market, it is fantastic to see plug-in car registrations continue to go from strength-to-strength, said Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low. “Looking at the year ahead, 2019 is set to be a pivotal one for the electric car market. With even more new models being released, coupled with the introduction of initiatives such as London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, we’re confident that the next 12 months will be a landmark year for the nation’s switch to electric.”

The South East of the country is leading the way when it comes to electric vehies, seeing a 24 per cent increase with 21,383 vehicles registered, possibly due to the punitive legislation in the UK’s capital which punishes less greener vehicles.

Go Ultra Low’s own research has shown that almost one in five Brits would like to make the change to an electric vehicle in 2019.