Ultra-low emission vehicle take-up expected to increase in 2017
13 January 2017
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
More than 100,000 electric and plug-in hybrid cars will be on UK roads by the middle of this year, Go Ultra Low has predicted.
According to the Government and industry-backed green motoring body, 87,158 vehicles were registered to the end of 2016, while registrations of electric and plug-in models last year rose by 29% to 36,907 units.
Go Ultra Low said an increasing number of vehicles on the market - 35 models, four times the number on the road five years ago - is playing a key role in the uptake of electric vehicles.
"Year after year, we see record levels of electric vehicle registrations as more and more motorists realise the cost-saving and environmental benefits of driving a plug-in electric car," said Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low. "With ongoing government incentives and increasing product choice we expect this trend to continue, boosting the number of electric cars on UK roads beyond 100,000 by mid-2017."
Previous analysis by Go Ultra Low suggested that 700,000 business drivers would choose an ultra-low emission company car if they were given the opportunity to do so by their employer.
Its data revealed that only 25% of fleets currently offer plug-in models to drivers, with a lack of charging points holding back EV update among fleets.
Speaking exclusively to BusinessCar in November, transport minister John Hayes agreed with fleets' frustrations and admitted more should be done to educate drivers on the current charging infrastructure and on which chargers work best for which car. He also promised to improve the situation through better information supply and improved driver education.
"There is an argument that charging places should be more numerous. That's certainly something we're looking at and will be looking to supply information about charging in a variety of different ways in the future," Hayes said.
In October, the Government unveiled a £35m fund to increase the uptake of EVs, including £10m to fund workplace charging points.