Electric and hybrid sales soar to record high

Electric and hybrid sales soar to record high 20th October 2015

The number of people in the UK who are now turning their back on more traditional models of car to instead choose electric and hybrid environmentally friendly options is on the rise, according to the latest report released last week by the Go Ultra Low Campaign. 

Figures show that in the nine months between January and September of this year, there were just fewer than 30,000 electric and hybrid cars bought in the UK. This was a remarkable 139 per cent increase when compared to the same period a year before. 

Mitsubishi's flagship Outlander PHEV is the most popular of these types of car, with some 9,303 models sold so far in 2015. This comes in well ahead of the Nissan Leaf in second place, which has sold fewer than half of what the Outlander PHEV has. 

In third place was the BMW i3, but Go Ultra Low said that it was important to remember that in the UK, there are some 27 different models of car that fall into these categories available. Drivers now have more choice than ever before when it comes to green driving, and clearly an increasing number are taking advantage of this. 

Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, said that the increase in the number of sales of plug-in cars was excellent news for the industry as a whole. She said that the most recent figures are broadly in line with the targets that the campaign had set. She also added that in the next few years it expects to see even more people come on board with hybrid and electric cars because they want more miles for their money. 

The government also has targets for the uptake of these kinds of cars. By 2020 it said that it wants five per cent of all cars registered should be eco-friendly. At the moment, this figure sits at some one per cent, up from 0.44 per cent last year, showing just how the industry is growing at present. 

Posted by Danielle Barge