When will electric cars begin to outsell petrol and diesel in the UK? 2027.

  • Expert panel says there’s been a recent ‘step-change’ in public opinion towards electric vehicles
  • Prediction based on stats from the Government, Committee on Climate Change, RAC Foundation, Auto Express and other industry authorities
Electric cars, like the BMW i3 (left), will become mainstream in 11 years. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the best-selling alternative-fuel hybrid car at the moment

Electric cars, like the BMW i3 (left), will become mainstream in 11 years. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the best-selling alternative-fuel hybrid car at the moment

Electric cars are the future, we’re constantly being told. But how far into the future will they be the dominant form of propulsion for new cars sold in the UK?

According to an expert panel, the first year electric cars will outsell conventional combustion engined vehicles is 2027.

And it’s all because of a recent ‘step-change’ in the public’s opinion of electric vehicles, bringing the tipping point way ahead of the Government’s expectations of a fully electrified road network in 2040.

Go Ultra Low, a government and industry-backed campaign to educate motorists about the benefits of electric cars, said more than 1.3million electric cars will be registered in 2027.

That would see them outselling new petrol and diesel vehicles, based on a new-car registration total of 2.6million – the same as 2015.

It made the bold claim after reviewing multiple electric-car reports and forecasts concerning electric vehicle take-up, including results from Auto Express’ most recent Driver Power survey.

The weekly car magazine recently reported record high scores for EVs in its flagship car owner survey, with electric cars topping the overall best car tables and performing strongly in ease of driving and running costs categories, among others.

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