Nice surprise as new car sales up more than expected in 2014
11 February 2015
Ultra low-emission vehicles had a massive year in 2014, with plug-in car registrations increasing from
3586 in 2013 to 14,498 last year, with the number of models increasing to more than 20, compared with six in 2011. As the SMMT points out, each of the top 10 manufacturers in the UK now has an ULEV on offer in its range, though that will change shortly when Vauxhall discontinues the Ampera.
"We have had electric vehicles in the market for a number of years and registrations are increasing dramatically," says the SMMT's Hawes. "Look at some of the models coming to market in the last year: they are much more mainstream than five years ago, they are bringing more attention and the vehicles are more user-friendly.
"Plus there is that element of support from Government with the plug-in car grant and the Go Ultra Low campaign and we've been working on raising awareness and getting more people to understand that these vehicles are increasingly mainstream and can offer an affordable drive without compromising individual needs."
Overall, including electric vehicles, plug-ins and regular diesel and petrol hybrids, there were more than 50,000 alternative-fuelled vehicles registered in the retail and fleet markets, taking their share from 1.4% to 2.1%