Sales Of Plug-in Cars In UK Break Records

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UK plug-in car sales are booming, with one sold every thirteen minutes in the first quarter of 2016.

This represents a growth of 23% over the same period in 2015.

Almost 120 plug-in cars were registered in the UK every single day during the first three months.

In total, some 10,496 cars were sold, which puts them ahead of schedule.

Total yearly figures are now expected to dwarf 2015’s, despite the fact that there were more plug-ins registered in 2015 than the previous 5 years combined.

One of the reasons consumers are snapping them up is the £5,000 rebate offered by the government via the Plug-In Car Grant which was created to encourage more people to go greener.

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Plug-in cars can be either totally electric, or they can be a hybrid, such as the BMW i8.

The latest numbers revealed this week confirm the UK’s position as the biggest market in Europe for plug-in cars.

In the last twelve months alone, consumers have bought almost 30,000 cars in the UK, which is a fifth of all purchases in the entire EU.

Transport minister Andrew Jones was naturally beaming: “These record figures show that hundreds of people every week are coming round to the fact that plug-in cars are cleaner, greener and cheaper to run.

“The UK is a world leader in the uptake of low-emission vehicles and our long-term economic plan is investing £600 million by 2020 to improve air quality, create jobs and achieve our goal of every new car and van in the UK being ultra-low emission by 2040.”

Will Titterington
  • 14th April 2016

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