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Best-ever quarterly registrations for electric and plug-in vehicles

Date: 13 October 2017

A total of 12,932 plug-in vehicles were registered between July and September, an increase of 36% on the same period in 2016 and 721 units higher than the previous record quarter, January?March 2017.

These best-ever quarterly figures from Go Ultra Low follow a record September, with 7,794 plug-in models registered (27% up on September 2016). With demand continuing to grow, the firm believes this year's registrations will exceed the full-year total for 2016 by the end of October.

The popularity of pure electric cars continues to drive growth, with 11,127 new vehicles sold in the year so far, up 37% on 2016. Meanwhile, registrations of plug-in hybrids are up 15% for the year-to-date.

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said:"It is great to see that the popularity of plug-in cars continues to grow at a record pace. To help even more UK motorists save money and cut their emissions, Go Ultra Low is launching a new media campaign that will help UK motorists find out what type of electric vehicle could be right for them. A host of real-world plug-in vehicle owner case studies and eight informative videos will demonstrate how plug-in vehicles could fit into motorists' lives, even to those completely new to plug-in cars."

Transport Minister Jesse Norman said: "We are committed to investing £1 billion 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."