Registrations for EVs and plug-in hybrids increased by more than 27% compared to 2016, up from 36,535 to 46,522.
Figures released by electric car campaigners have revealed that a record number of electric and plug-in hybrid cars were sold in the UK in 2017.
Registrations for more environmentally friendly vehicles increased by more than 27% compared to 2016, up from 36,535 to 46,522. This rise has been attributed to the confusion of diesel cars being banned, greater awareness about EVs, a rise in electric and hybrid cars from key manufacturers, and a boost in infrastructure.
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If these figures continue, the campaigners at Go Ultra Low expect annual electric car registrations to reach 60,000 for the first time in 2018, retaining the UK’s position as one of Europe’s largest markets for ultra-low- emission vehicles.
Elsewhere in 2017, the number of plug-in cars on UK roads passed 130,000. The second half of 2017, in particular, recorded more than 24,000 registrations – up more than 40% on July to December 2016.
Go Ultra Low also broke down these numbers by region. The most registrations were made in London (9,274) and Eastern England (8,685) – a rise of 42% and 21% respectively on 2016. Meanwhile, the South West and Scotland grew the fastest, boosting plug-in uptake by 140% and 70% respectively.
The demand for 100% electric cars, such as the Nissan LEAF, continued to grow with registrations increasing by around a third, to top 13,000. Meanwhile, plug-in hybrid cars – such as the BMW 330e, VW Golf GTE and Hyundai IONIQ – delivered the highest volume of registrations, with more than 33,000 arriving on UK roads, an increase of a quarter.
Yearly Total 2017 Yearly Total 2016 Yearly % Change
EAST 8,685 7,193 20.7%
EAST MIDLANDS 826 700 18.0%
EAST YORKSHIRE / LINCOLNSHIRE 398 305 30.5%
LONDON 9,274 6,541 41.8%
NORTH EAST AND CUMBRIA 959 832 15.3%
NORTH WEST 2,398 1,785 34.3%
NORTHERN IRELAND 576 436 32.1%
SCOTLAND 2,292 1,352 69.5%
SOUTH 5,434 5,461 -0.5%
SOUTH EAST 855 725 17.9%
SOUTH WEST 1,058 440 140.5%
WALES 760 565 34.5%
WEST 1,371 977 40.3%
WEST MIDLANDS 7,987 6,352 25.7%
YORKSHIRE 3,649 2,871 27.1%
Total 46,522 36,535 27.3%
The Go Ultra Low campaign is funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and eight vehicle manufacturers (Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Kia, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Volkswagen) in association with the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). It was set up to help people switch to an EV and its site provides a calculator to show much you could save.
Other calculators include a journey cost savings calculator, home charging tool and an EV car selector.